Apparently, Congress is changing its election strategy for Uttar Pradesh ahead of Lok Sabha the polls as 'turncoat' candidates are now being welcomed by the opposition party.
The party has been focusing on the 'winnability' of its own candidates rather than giving more space to the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in order to defeat the BJP in the state.
On his recent visit to Lucknow, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stated that the party contest the election with its full might and not play on the back foot.
The party has opened its gates to the defecting members of other parties including the BJP however, the parachute entry of big names from other parties, considered as 'outsiders', has become a big cause of worry for the party in the state.
Recently, BJP MP from Bahraich, Savitri Bai Phule, former MP Qaiser Jahan, Rakesh Sachan, Avatar Singh Badhana, and Ram Lal Rahi joined Congress.
Reportedly, it isn’t just the 'turncoats', but some senior leaders who had won in the past, especially in the 2009 Lok Sabha Polls are also signaled to start work on the ground in their respective constituencies.
According to a few sources, Congress is planning to contest on 60 to 65 seats in UP while the rest will be left to accommodate allies and small parties.