Lucknow, January 29: Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi held their first joint press conference on Sunday after the alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi spoke on the alliance and said, this Alliance is a confluence of Ganga and Yamuna, out of which Saraswati of development will come out. Our alliance with SP is for development, prosperity & peace.Rahul Gandhi dismisses accusations of the alliance and said, We believe in politics for poor people, a non-negotiable term by us. Akhilesh and I have both political and personal relationship. We want to give the youth a new option of governance by this alliance. Akhilesh Yadav's intention was right only Congress wants to take it forward.
We have similarities and differences. We want to contest elections on similarities, will have to make some compromises. Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance will make Uttar Pradesh stronger. BJP ideology is dangerous to people, Will explain that UP and its people are one and we will not let them create a divide, he said.Clarifying on Priyanka Gandhi’s role in the alliance, Congress Vice President, Priyanka is an asset to the Congress party. she has been of tremendous help to me. Whether she campaigns or not is her choice.While agreeing to Rahul Akhilesh Yadav said that SP-Congress alliance is a people's alliance. Cycle and hand is a great combination. Gandhi and I are two wheels of a cycle and partnership of Congress and Samajwadi Party will take Uttar Pradesh to greater heights. Samajwadi President also guaranteed the SP-Congress alliance will win more than 300 seats in the state. This alliance will answer those who made the nation stand in queues. Congress and the Samajwadi Party last week on January 22 forged an alliance for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The Congress is contesting 105 seats while the ruling Samajwadi Party is contesting 298 seats. Uttar Pradesh will be voting for a new state assembly in a seven-phase election. Voting in the state begins on February 11 and concludes on March 8. Counting of votes will be held on March 11.