The brinkmanship between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress continued on Sunday, with the SP announcing the names of candidates for 10 more seats in Uttar Pradesh, even as its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav held a press conference to declare that he was ready to withdraw some of his candidates if the Congress showed similar generosity.
“If the Congress reduces its demand, the SP is willing to rework its list of announced candidates,” he said. “We still want an alliance with the Congress.”
Within hours, however, the SP had announced 10 more candidates taking its total number of announced seats to 74, out of the state’s total 80 seats.
Four of the six seats it has not yet announced candidates for have sitting Congress MPs: Amethi (Rahul Gandhi), Rae Bareli (Sonia Gandhi), Kanpur (Sri Prakash Jaiswal) and Shahjahanpur (Jitin Prasada), renamed Dhargaura after delimitation.
The Congress has also revealed its nominees for 24 seats, and is likely to declare an equal number soon. Barring major adjustments the chances of an alliance between the two appears extremely dim.