No pact with Congress in any state, says Mayawati

Congress to contest 20 seats and JD 8 in Karnataka

Once arch-rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP announced their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in January this year, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the alliance. With this, the Congress has declared 27 candidates from the electorally-crucial Uttar Pradesh. However in the bypolls, the BJP had yielded the Bellary seat to Congress.

Congress has fielded Nana Patole to contest from Nagpur seat. Mr Babbar will contest from Moradabad.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections begin on April 11. The party announced names of 16 candidates from Uttar Pradesh and five from Maharashtra. The BJP, which was riding on the Modi wave, had won 17 seats. Kaiser Jahan, who represented Sitapur in the Lok Sabha in 2009, has been fielded from the same seat, which she lost to the BJP's Rajesh Verma in 2014.

In a statement, Mayawati said, "It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any state".

The party has also former UP minister Zafar Ali Naqvi from Kheri and former UP chief minister Kamlapati Tripathi's grandson Lalitesh Pati Tripathi from Mirzapur.

Madhu is the son of former Chief Minister S Bangarappa and is likely to be pitted against another former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's son and sitting BJP MP B Y Raghavendra. Namdev Usendi will contest from Gadchiroli-Chimur seat. The party also plans to build its base in the state, where it has been in a shambles since the 2014 elections.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted for the first time late on Tuesday, over a month after joining Twitter.

"Earlier, he has said the Congress will fight the general election in Uttar Pradesh on its own strength, arguing that the path of his party may be different from that of the SP and the BSP but their objective is the same".



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