Agra: Though the Samajwadi Party (SP) has been discounting the influence of Congress in the polity of Uttar Pradesh, the party is actually worried by the grand old party when it comes to assessing its poll strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

The uneasiness within the party was evident during the two-day party convention here. Congress decision to get into an alliance with smaller parties having grip over the minority vote bank has been the most worrying factor for the SP.

While the party feels the congress is trying hard to put a dent into its vote bank by getting into such an alliance, the top leadership is also worried about the evident infighting and lobbying within the party.

Taking a potshot at Congress decision of not getting into an alliance with the SP, Azam Khan, the Muslim face of the party said that he pleased to know that the Congress has at least been able to garner courage in the state to decide on its allies.

Azam also slammed the Centre for invoking Nepal connection into the controversy surrounding Balkrishna, a close aide of Baba Ramdev.

“Nepal has about 80 lakh people of Indian Origin and the President of Nepal is also of Indian Origin,” he said. During the convention, the party also called its workers to be ready for the electoral battle in the state as the Assembly elections could happen in the state anytime.

“BSP government, wary of the impact of its legislators being involved in serious crime in the past, would like to go to polls at the earliest,” Azam said.

Accusing the Mayawati government of being involved in rampant corruption, the party asked social activist like Anna Hazare to conduct an anti-graft agitation in UP as well.