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SP takes in-house Cong woes to House

The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday took its frustration over an alliance with the Congress to Parliament...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2009 2:10 am

The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday took its frustration over an alliance with the Congress to Parliament,with chief whip Mohan Singh venting his emotions on the floor of the House.

“Our ties are barely a few months old. Munh par kuchch kaalikh hi puti hai,is beech. Lekin lok-laj mein saath hi rehna hai (We have only been embarrassed in this time. But we have to remain together to save our public face),” Singh said while speaking on the motion of thanks on the President’s speech in the Lok Sabha.

While he lauded the Government’s diplomatic offensive against Pakistan after the Mumbai terror attacks and also praised the Rs 71,000-crore loan waiver for farmers,the SP leader made it clear: “We are not in a position to praise all that this government has done in the last five years.”

Outside the House,another SP MP,Jaya Prada,hoped that the tie-up with the Congress would continue for the sake of “national interest” though she steered clear of outlining the nature of alliance. “No decision is final on whether we will go in for friendly fights or contest separately or there will be an alliance. But if the alliance happens, it will be good,” she said.

Incidentally,the Congress has laid claim to the Rampur constituency from where Jaya Prada is the sitting SP MP.

Having set the SP-Congress boat rocking with his outspoken remarks,SP general secretary Amar Singh on Tuesday said that he should not be held responsible if there is a break-up and that the blame should fall on Congress leader Digvijay Singh instead.

“…if there is any rift between the Congress and SP,then Digvijay Singh (Congress in-charge of Uttar Pradesh) will be responsible,” Amar Singh told reporters in response to Digvijay’s remarks in Lucknow on Monday saying the Congress wanted an alliance with the SP but wouldn’t beg.

“It was the SP which came to the Congress’s help when the Left took back its support to the Government last year… Instead of being thankful to us,they are giving such irresponsible statements everyday,” Amar Singh lamented.

While the SP had offered 15 seats to the Congress,he said,the final decision will be taken by the top Congress leadership and Mulayam Singh Yadav.

In a message to Digvijay,he added: “Anything can happen between Sonia,Rahul and Mulayam. But when it comes to between Amar Singh and Digvijay,the number of seats (being offered to the Congress) cannot increase from 15 to even 16.”

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