Can’t discuss UP alliance issue in presser, says Rahul

New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Asked on the possibility of an alliance ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said “it is a strategic matter and can’t be discussed in a presser”.

Asked if his party was in talks with the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Gandhi said in a lighter vein: “It is a strategic matter. If I say this in this press conference, then… if you come to me personally, I can tell you quietly.”

There are reports that the Congress is holding parleys with the ruling Samajwadi Party for an alliance in Uttar Pradesh.

Speculations about a possible alliance were rife after Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.