LUCKNOW: Stamping out any possibility of Congress being part of the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, (BSP) and jointly released on Thursday the list of seats from where the two partners will contest.

Of 75 seats in the list, SP will be contesting 37, one less than its alliance partner BSP, after it gifted an extra seat from its quota to RLD.

At the historic Mayawati-Akhilesh press conference on January 12, the alliance had already reserved two seats for the Jat-dominated party and spared two seats, Amethi and Rae Bareli, for the grand old party.

Samajwadi Party will be challenging Prime Minister and home minister Rajnath Singh in the key constituencies of Varanasi and Lucknow. It has also retained Gorakhpur and Phulpur, where it defeated BJP in the 2018 byelections. Kairana, too, is in SP‘s kitty, where BJP was drubbed in the bypolls by a joint opposition candidate who fought on an RLD ticket.In the division of seats declared by the two parties on Thursday, BSP and SP appear to have stuck to their bastions. While the Yadav strongholds will remain largely with SP, Jatav-dominated Bundelkhand has gone to BSP‘s share.

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