Even as SP general secretary Amar Singh,in an apparent bid to put pressure on the Congress,said in Mumbai on Wednesday that he would meet NCP president Sharad Pawar for seat-sharing talks on Thursday,Congress sources in New Delhi said negotiations with the SP could resume with party general secretary in-charge of UP Digvijay Singh slated to meet the SP general secretary in the national Capital on Thursday.
Though chances of an agreement between the parties appeared bleak,with the Congress giving the green signal to its candidates in about 30 constituencies (about a dozen more seats than the SP is willing to concede),SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav too is expected to be in the Capital in this connection.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai at the SP office in Nariman Point,Amar Singh came down heavily on the Congress,saying the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was being used against his party president for political ends.
In reference to the Government distancing itself from the disproportionate assets case against the SP chief,Amar Singh alleged that the investigating agency had become the Congress Bureau of Investigation. He said the investigating agency had registered a disproportionate assets case against Yadav without verification.
He also accused the Congress of adopting a use and throw attitude with respect to its allies,including the NCP,the Left,the RJD and the SP. Amar Singh said he was personally against fielding a candidate against Congress MP from North-West Mumbai Priya Dutt,whose brother and actor Sanjay Dutt is the SP candidate from Lucknow,but added the opinion of the party parliamentary board could be different.
On being asked whether this would infringe on their alliance (with the Congress),he said the SP had no alliance with anyone in Maharashtra so far and that he would be meeting Pawar on Thursday.
Pawar has already spoken about the need to unite the warring Republican Party of India (RPI) factions and the SP in a grand alliance with the Congress-NCP for the Lok Sabha elections.