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Mayawati likely to back Congress in UP bypolls

New Delhi, Aug 27 (): Congress is hoping to repeat the by-poll success in 11 seats of UP scheduled for September 13 .

BSP is not in the fray but its chief Mayawati will shift her dalit vote base to Congress and the indications came in her scathing attack on Modi. The by-poll in Punjab, MP, Karnataka and Bihar for 18 seats saw Congress and its allies bounce back with ten seats and BJP got 7 and its ally SAD got one.

In July,Congress got all three seats in a by-poll held in Uttarakhand. On Monday, after the election results were out, Congress president Sonia and Mistry who is in charge of elections met up and finalized the list of candidates for the elections in Assam, UP and West Bengal.

Three seats in Assam and two seats in WB are to see a by-poll along with 11 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in UP. Congress will not contest the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat which will see the SP fighting it out with BJP. No polling will be conducted in Kairana assembly seat of UP as a court case over the delimitation is going on.

Seeing the speed with which Congress announced the candidates, BJP after a series of meeting had Nadda the general secretary announcing the names yesterday. Its ally Apna Dal has been given the Rohaniya Varanasi assembly seat.

BJP sources said that the party workers are yet to get over the Lok Sabha win and they feel that it will be repeated in Assembly by-polls. Given this mood, there are very few workers working.

UP State president of BJP says that the Monday poll results should be seen as a warning. Amit Shah, the BJP president had recently announced that his party’s political objective was to ensure the formation of his party-led state government. The Congress, however, termed the Monday results as punishment by the voters for not keeping their pre-poll promises.

Congress UP leader Tripati said voters have realized that gimmicks do not work and by-poll results was a move by voters to choose a balanced leadership.