Congress to go it alone in UP election: Rahul Gandhi

PTI5_7_2016_000205A (File) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the Congress will go it alone in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election and will form an "alliance only with the people of the state".

"We are contesting the election to get complete majority in the Assembly and have our own chief minister...You know what has happened in the last 27 years when different parties have only divided the state," the Congress vice president said during an interactive session with party workers here.

Replying to a query from one of the workers who sought an assurance that the party will not go for a pre-poll tie-up with any other outfit as it had only harmed it in the past, Rahul said, "We will have an alliance (only) with the Congress workers and every citizen of the state.

"It is a fight of ideologies...We have to help Uttar Pradesh get its rightful place...While Congress brings all together, other parties divide them," he said, adding that the party will work out a strategy for the UP election to "wipe away the anger in the mind of people against each other".

Rahul said the party wants to give more representation to women and youth when it comes to allotment of tickets for the state polls.

"Dedicated party workers will be given top priority in ticket allocation though we have to take people from other parties also," Rahul said.

He, however, alleged that there were some parties which took money to field candidates.

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