New Delhi, Jan 10: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today (Tuesday) to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. The prospects of an alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress are bright in view of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement that Akhilesh Yadav would be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. According to sources, the discussion on alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress is in final stage.

Amid the tug of war with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav over ‘cycle’ symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is expected to meet Rahul Gandhi. The meeting of two young leaders would finalise the combined strategy of the Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Yadav and Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi are expected to play key role in campaigning, said a report of Aaj Tak.

The development comes after Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday insisted he had no differences with Akhilesh Yadav and he would remain the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh following the upcoming assembly elections. “There are some who have influenced my son (Akhilesh). I had a talk with him last night and also in the morning over the issue. There is no dispute between my son and me,” said Mulayam Singh Yadav. The move is being seen as back-pedalling by the veteran politician.

Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance:

The seat sharing formula will be based on the results of 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. According to a report of Hindustan Times, the seat-sharing formula will be based on the seats Samajwadi Party and Congress had won and were runners-up in 2012 Assembly polls in the state. The SP had won 224 seats and was runner-up on another 77 seats in 2012. Another five were won in the by-polls. This totals 306 seats.

However Congress will have less than 100 seats if the deal gets done, the grand old party may not have any objection to the 2012-basis as the alliance formula as it was the party’s best performance after the 1996 elections. The party won 28 seats in last polls and was runner-up in another 25 seats.

The ruling SP is in the middle of an intense power struggle with Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav on one side and Mulayam’s son, Akhilesh, and cousin Ramgopal Yadav on the other. Congress may try to exploit the current situation in SP to its advantage.