Politics

Congress, Samajwadi Party to Launch Common Minimum Programme

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after announcing the poll tie up between the two parties. Credit: PTI

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi after announcing the poll tie up between the two parties. Credit: PTI/File Photo

Lucknow: Taking a step further to consolidate their alliance, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will release a joint list of ten commitments to the people of Uttar Pradesh.

The two leaders will together release the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) here, Congress leader Satyadev Tripathi said.

Some of the promises Gandhi made during his state-wide Kisan Yatra will figure in the Common Minimum Programme, he said.

The ten-point commitment will include loan waivers for farmers and reductions of power tariff for them – a long-time demand of the Congress party’s. Law and order, and development issues will also be included in the CMP, sources in the party said.

Both the parties have already released their manifestos.

Realpolitik compulsions made the Samajwadi Party and Congress seal a pre-poll pact last month to contest the UP assembly elections together and thwart the BJP’s attempt to storm back to power after 15 years.

While the SP will have the lion’s share of 298 of 403 seats, the Congress will contest the remaining 105.