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Rahul rules out post-poll alliance with any party
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi waves to crowds at an election rally in Varanasi on Saturday
SEEKING VOTES: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi waves to crowds at an election rally in Varanasi on Saturday. PTI

Sant Kabirnagar/Varanasi, February 4
Seeking to put a lid on speculation of Congress striking a post-poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi today asserted that his party will have "no truck" with any party.

"We are winning the elections and I will continue to work for you till my last drop of blood and sweat. Even if you give two or four seats to Congress, we will not ally with thieves and goondas," he said at election meetings in Mehdawal area in Sant Kabirnagar and Pindra in Varanasi.

"The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is going to be from the Congress (after the Assembly polls).... we are not going to have truck with any other party," he said.

His remarks came in response to BJP's allegation that the Congress will tie up with the SP after the poll results.

"We will have no alliance with any other party after the elections ... we will have an alliance with the people and your voice will reach Lucknow and your money would reach to you," Rahul said, exuding confidence that the Congress returning to power in the state after a gap of almost 22 years.

"You believed in my grandmother ... you believed in my father. Now believe me," the Congress general secretary said, adding that the Congress is going to form the next government in UP.

Rahul said that a Congress government was needed to usher in an era of development and prosperity for the people of the state.

Accusing the political opponents of making false promises, he said that there is a kind of a race among them over it.

"They will promise you whatever you want to hear ... they will also change the colour of the sky if you want to hear that," Rahul said, adding that there was however no truth in their promises.

Had there been any truth in it the state of affairs would not have been so bad in UP, he said. UP has a total 403 Assembly seats. The Congress has left 45 seats to Ajit Singh's RLD with which it reached an alliance last year. The seats for the RLD have been given in Singh's stronghold of western Uttar Pradesh. PTI





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