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SP-Cong relations 'not happy'

A day after SP supremo Mulayam's chance meeting with Sonia Gandhi, SP Gen Secy Amar Singh says that the party's relations with the Congress are 'not happy.'

india Updated: Sep 29, 2008 09:59 IST

A day after Sonia Gandhi's chance meeting with SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party on Sunday said that its political relations with the Congress were "not very happy."

"As far as our political interest with Congress are concerned. We are not happy either," party general secretary Amar Singh told a news channel on Sunday.

Our relations with Congress party and its national leaders happened because of the convergence of national and political interests, he added.

However, the Samajwadi party leader expressed hope in Gandhi's leadership.

"We have still got great hope with Sonia Gandhi," Singh said.

Amid a subtle strain in the newly-established Congress-Samajwadi Party relationship, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday had impromptu discussions at the airport in Lucknow during a chance meeting.

The two leaders held discussions for about 20 minutes in the VVIP lounge of Chaudhury Charan Singh airport before boarding the same flight for Delhi, sources in Congress and SP said.

Congress and SP, who had bitter relations for four years, came together ahead of the July 22 trust vote in Lok Sabha.

However, their ties developed strains soon after again, particularly after SP leader Amar Singh charged Congress with trying to poach on his party's four MLAs in Madhya Pradesh.

The two parties are also finding the going tough on the issue of sharing seats in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls.