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Even though the Congress was not taken on board, the door has been kept open by both alliance partners for a post-election handshake.

India News: The announcement comes a day after SP and the BSP announced alliance for the Lok Sabha polls in UP. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad added tha

The Congress is planning to gatecrash the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav party in Uttar Pradesh a day after being left out of the coalition. The party is planning to hold 13 rallies in the state and contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Other headlines: The Congress will contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, and an Indian soldier honey-trapped by an ISI agent was arrested.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad argued that the SP-BSP alliance should have included the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) to further strengthen it in its fight against the BJP.