New Delhi: Terming Congress party an ‘insignificant force’, Samajwadi Party leader Kiranmoy Nanda on Sunday said that his party, together with the BSP, is strong enough to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.

“In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is an insignificant force, so we are not even thinking of including or excluding it. The SP-BSP alliance is the main force which will take on the BJP. The Congress might be there in one or two seats, it is for the Congress to decide what position it wishes to see itself in,” Nanda, the national vice-president of SP, said.

The Samjawadi Party leader, however, hinted that the SP-BSP alliance might just leave aside the Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies, represented in the Lok Sabha by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi respectively.

On being asked if keeping the Congress out of the alliance in Uttar Pradesh would be an advantage for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said, “From our past experiences, we can say, in cases where the Congress had fielded candidates against the SP-BSP alliance, we did not face any problem in defeating the BJP. The Congress”s vote share is completely insignificant. Rather there have been instances where the Congress had not put up its candidate in a seat and the BJP got its vote share.”

Notably, Nanda’s comments came a day after it was reported that both Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have agreed to an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Referring to the recently-held Assembly polls in five states, he said had the Congress worked out an alliance in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the BJP would have faced a complete ouster in the two states. “Did the Congress go for a pre-poll alliance with the SP-BSP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan? The answer is no. The Congress’s policy is it will take benefits from everybody, but when it gets an opportunity, it does not want to share it with others,” he alleged.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP, along with its allies, had secured 73 of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, whereas the SP had won five and the Congress just two seats.