Samajwadi Party -Congress tie-up has hit a roadblock after the Samajwadi Party declared candidates for seven Assembly seats that the Congress currently holds. The SP’s national vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda had said that his party was ready to give the Congress a maximum of 85 seats to contest, less than the 103 seats it was aiming for. This has led to confusion among the Congress leaders.
Indicating that all is not well in the alliance, the Congress expressed its displeasure over the Samajwadi Party (SP) releasing a list of 191 candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which also included nine seats of sitting Congress MLAs, terming it “unfortunate”.
An alliance breaks when a party asks for seats beyond its capability, says SP’s Abu Azmi on Congress The tie-up in Uttar Pradesh appeared to have hit a roadblock after the Samajwadi Party declared candidates for seven Congress-held Assembly seats.
The proposed Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh was brought into further question. “An alliance breaks when a party asks for seats that are beyond its capability,” SP legislator Abu Azmi told ANI. “To give a party with 28 MLAs 90-95 seats is not a small offer, but they still want more,” he said, adding that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will make the final decision.
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar called on the chief minister on Friday. “Alliance should be done taking pride of workers into care.” Babbar has said. On January 17, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had announced that his party would fight the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections in alliance with the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav. The details about the alliance would be announced in the coming days, he had said.
The Final decision on alliance will be taken after the meeting between Congress General Secretary in-charge of UP Ghulam Nabi Azad and Akhilesh Yadav today in Lucknow.
After the SP list of 191 seats was announced in the morning, Congress called an emergency meeting which was attended by all the senior leaders, including Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.