A meeting between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary Amar Singh on Saturday to discuss seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh has failed to end the stalemate between the two parties.
Emerging from the 15-minute meeting, Singh said the seat-sharing talks were at its final stages but there were some “practical difficulties” that needed to be resolved first. “The Congress wants those seats from where some of our dependable and popular leaders are sitting MPs,” said Singh. But he was quick to add: “I think these difficulties would be resolved soon.”
The two political parties have held two rounds of talks on seat-sharing in UP to put up a joint front against Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Singh, who also discussed the matter with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday, said, “We will deliberate over certain issues again next week.”
The SP seems to be posturing hard. The party has informally finalised candidates for 78 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Rae Bareli and Amethi are the two seats that have been committed to the Congress.