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SP will support if Cong ready to field Sanjay: Amar

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2009 17:49 IST

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Seeking to turn the tables on the Sanjay Dutt issue, Amar Singh on Friday said that if Congress was ready to field the actor on its symbol, the Samajwadi party would support him.

He told reporters in New Delhi that a section of Congress leaders have accused him of "poaching on Sanjay Dutt to tease that party".

"Let me make it clear that if Congress is ready to field Sanjay on their party's symbol, SP would support him," he said.

Singh was reacting to a question on Congress' claim that it would field some candidates in UP without consulting SP.

SP and Congress are engaged in seat sharing talks for Lok Sabha polls in UP.

"Congress leaders will have to understand that once we have extended support to the secular alliance led by Soniaji, any division of secular votes will only benefit Bahujan Samaj Party...The candidates should be decided on the basis of their winnability," Singh said to a poser on Congress' request of a 'friendly fight' on some Lok Sabha seats.

He said division of secular votes "would mean that the treatment meted out to Soniaji in Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi in Kanpur and Amar Singh in Gorakhpur on Thursday will continue.

He said the SP and Congress were no more rivals. "We extended them support in the most crucial time when it was losing assembly elections.

He said SP would try to ensure that the alliance with Congress continues. He said if it fails to materialise, his party would not field any candidate against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Rae Bareli and Amethi respectively.