Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singhs shadow boxing with the Congress appears to have created confusion within the SP ranks while the party is still hoping to cobble up an alliance with the Congress ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Many of the sitting SP MPs,re-nominated by the party to contest the general elections,are confused about Amar Singhs offensive against the Congress.
Most of these MPs are in favour of an alliance with the Congress to polarise the votes against the BSP and they fear that Amar Singhs veiled threats of withdrawal of support might create confusion among the electorate.
Any offensive against the Congress ahead of Lok Sabha polls may not be good for the party. It can confuse the electorate on whether the SP is contesting against the BSP or the Congress and in the process,help the BSP, said one of the sitting SP MPs.
None of the MPs are criticising Amar Singh as that might jeopardise their prospects within the party. They have,instead,welcomed the partys aggressive posturing of announcing over 50 candidates in Uttar Pradesh,bypassing seat-sharing talks with the Congress. They say it would send clear signal that the SP is serious in its preparations against Mayawati in the forthcoming polls.
However,both the SP and the Congress are all set for friendly fights on seats that do not figure in the list of candidates that the SP has declared so far. Indications for the same came on Monday after the SP,ignoring the Congress claim,re-nominated its sitting MP Kirtivardhan Singh to contest from Gonda. The Congress had wanted to field SP rebel Beni Prasad Verma from the constituency.
The SP,in what could be termed as another indication of friendly contests,also inducted former Minister of State and Congress leader Ajay Singh into the party fold on Monday. Sources said the SP is likely to field Singh from Fatehpur Sikri.
This,despite Congress having made it amply clear during seat-sharing talks that it wanted to field SP-rebel Raj Babbar from the newly-carved constituency in western UP. Sources said the SP was contemplating leaving Muradabad constituency,which is currently held by SP,for Congress Noor Bano.