SP,Cong continue playing mind game

With the Congress sticking to its guns over seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh,the SP went into a huddle with BJP rebel and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh.....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2009 1:25 am

With the Congress sticking to its guns over seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh,the SP went into a huddle with BJP rebel and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh on Saturday here. In the meeting that lasted two hours,Kalyan Singh is learnt to have told the SP that it should concentrate on strategising against the BJP rather than picking up fights with the Congress. The meeting was attended by SP general secretaries Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav.

Though SP leaders are learnt to have agreed with Kalyan Singh,Amar Singh expressed his displeasure with the Congress for its insistence on “friendly contests” at some of the seats in Uttar Pradesh. “If they (Congress) are putting up candidates on our sitting seats simply because they have candidates for some seats,then we can also think about doing so,” Amar Singh told reporters after the meeting. He also hinted that the SP was contemplating fielding candidates in Aligarh and Varanasi,both of which are held by Congress currently. He,however,added that the SP would not contest in many of the seats,including Kanpur and Ghaziabad,where it thought that the Congress had better chances of winning.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav,who reached the Capital on Saturday evening,is likely to hold discussions on Sunday regarding party’s poll strategies.

Meanwhile,in Lucknow,in an apparent bid to put pressure on the SP,AICC general secretary Digvijay said,“It is unfortunate that the SP does not agree to our idea of friendly fight as it is just a matter of seven to eight seats. We are working on the second list and it may come out soon.”

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