Lucknow: Campaigning for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh is in full swing. Major political parties have entered into pre-poll alliances. The State has a total of 403 seats, where polling will be held in seven phases from 10th February to 7th March.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which won the 2017 Assembly elections with a thumping majority, has formed an alliance with Anupriya Patel’s Apna Dal (Sonelal) and NISHAD Party led by Sanjay Nishad.

The Samajwadi Party has entered into an alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal, Shivpal Yadav's Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party led by Omprakash Rajbhar, Janvadi Party (Socialist) and Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) led by Krishna Patel and Mahan Dal.

Meanwhile, the Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party have announced to go solo in the upcoming Assembly elections. Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen-AIMIM has also formed an alliance with Babu Singh Kushwaha’s Jan Adhikar Party and Bharat Mukti Morcha.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s Azad Samaj Party has also floated an alliance with over 30 regional parties.

The alliance is named Samajik Parivartan Morcha.

The Janta Dal-United, which is in the government in alliance with the BJP in the neighbouring state of Bihar, is contesting the polls independently in Uttar Pradesh. All India Trinamool Congress has decided not to field its candidates in the State. 

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