By Ashutosh Shukla

Top national leaders of both parties have had several parleys

Lucknow : Amid surging political atmosphere of Uttar Pradesh following Lakhimpur Khiri incident which has momentarily pushed the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party ( BJP ) on back foot in the poll bound state, the Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP)  and Samajwadi Party ( SP) were likely to enter into an alliance for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

If the insiders of both NCP and SP are to be believed, the negotiations between the top brasses of both the outfits were in advance stage. During the several rounds of talks, the leaders of both the parties have discussed in detail the issues regarding the alliance at a secluded place.

The NCP top leader, in the meantime has instructed its members entrusted with the responsibilities of UP to camp in the state and identify the seats it would be contesting.

The NCP insiders said that the party as of now has decided to contest at least fifty seats in alliance with the SP.
As of now any formal dialogue of SP with the Congress has yet not taken place for having a truck with it following which the party in order to fill up the gap was negotiating with the NCP.

Meanwhile political pundits opine that to expand its base for getting the status of a National outfit, the SP need to have an alliance with National party  and expand its base in bigger states like Maharashtra. In view of this the SP would be benefitted following its alliance with the NCP. With NCP on its side, the SP may have an edge over Congress while bargaining with latter for alliance. 

According to the political pundits, the political strength of NCP would further be strengthened once it announces its alliance with the SP in UP elections.

Meanwhile the NCP has already launched its membership drive in UP in presence of party state president Umashankar Yadav and Mr Navin Kumar ,Vice President of its Bihar unit of the party and incharge to strengthen and expand the organisation in Uttar Pradesh in view of the assembly elections ,which would continue till December 31st.

 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections are slated for next year .