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SP puts seat-sharing ball in Cong's court

Though expressing confidence that his party and Congress will have an alliance in Uttar Pradesh "very soon" for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said, "it would all depend on what Congress decides".

india Updated: Mar 02, 2009 23:28 IST

Though expressing confidence that his party and Congress will have an alliance in Uttar Pradesh "very soon" for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said, "it would all depend on what Congress decides".

"I won't tell how many seats have been sought by Congress and how many we will give them. SP is trying its best to finalise the alliance with Congress at the earliest," Yadav told reporters here.

Amid uncertainties in the SP-Congress seat sharing exercise, Yadav today announced Mitrasen Yadav as the party candidate from Faizabad. With this, SP has now announced candidates for 60 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP.

Incidentally, Mitrasen Yadav had been elected as BSP MP from Faizabad in 2004.

The move, aimed at pressurising Congress into finalising the tally of seats it wants to contest from in UP, could hasten the conclusion of talks between the two parties.

On his next meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Yadav said, "I will meet her when the need arises. This is something between us, why should I tell the media about it."

Prior to his meeting with Gandhi yesterday, Mulayam had told reporters that though Congress should be given 12, SP is willing to give it 15 seats in UP. He, however, had refused to comment on the nature of his discussions, after his 75-minute long meeting with Gandhi.

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