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SP, Cong 'willing' to take Ajit Singh on board

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2008 21:42 IST

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Samajwadi Party has indicated its willingness to bring Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh on board its alliance with Congress while contesting Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, a demand made by Congress during the seat sharing talks.

The SP took the decision after an internal assessment suggested that it would suit the party's prospects in the state to take the RLD along with it, as Singh has a strong presence in Western UP.

The Congress had already made a demand to take Ajit Singh into the alliance's fold for better poll prospects.

"He can damage the prospects of SP-Congress alliance if he is not taken on board," a senior SP leader told PTI here on Friday.

He said while Ajit may not be able to win many seats, his strong Jat vote bank can create problems for the newly formed alliance, which is aiming to win 50 out of 80 seats in the most populous state of the country.

The leader said though Ajit Singh has changed alliances frequently in the last 10 years, this time he is not left with any other option, as BSP has already announced its list for the Lok Sabha polls, leaving him without any seats.

In fact, even before the SP-Congress seat sharing talks had begun, Mulayam Singh Yadav had told party workers to aim at not less than 60 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. SP with 39 MPs believes that it can win 50 seats or more.