The Congress is unhappy with the SPs unilateral announcement of candidates for 29 Lok Sabha seats,including some on which the party wanted to field its own candidates,but it will not act in haste.
While several UP Congress leaders said there was no point in continuing talks with the SP for an electoral alliance,AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and PCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi refrained from getting aggressive. Both indicated that the matter will be discussed with the party high command.
As far as Lucknow is concerned,we just wanted to have a detailed discussion with the SP so that we could come up with the best candidate,but if they have announced the name of Sanjay Dutt,we will not oppose it, Digvijay Singh said.
The Congress wanted to field retired bureaucrat P L Punia from Barabanki and Begum Noor Bano from Rampur,while the SP announced the names of Ram Sagar Rawat for Barabanki and Jaya Prada for Rampur.
About the Phulpur seat,which Rita Bahuguna Joshi wanted to contest,Singh said,I have not yet had a discussion with our party president on the issue. We will try to resolve the matter with SP and ask them to leave these seats to us.
When asked about calling off the alliance with the SP,Singh said that nothing can be said as of now.
Meanwhile,some of the state Congress leaders who had always been against the alliance with SP,said that the party would gain more than 10 seats in UP and would also increase its vote percentage if it goes to the polls alone. The alliance may hike the number of seats to 15,but the party will lose its existing vote bank at more than 70 per cent of the constituencies, claimed a senior leader.