After Cong cold shoulder, SP announces MP, Rajasthan list
With the Congress cold to an electoral alliance for the forthcoming assembly polls, the Samajwadi Party has announced its final list of 126 candidates for Madhya Pradesh.india Updated: Nov 08, 2003 15:32 IST
With the Congress cold to an electoral alliance for the forthcoming assembly polls, the Samajwadi Party has announced its final list of 126 candidates for Madhya Pradesh.
Addressing mediapersons, SP general secretary Amar Singh said his party would not form an alliance with any party or grouping and would "like to go it alone" in the elections. "We would rather be prepared to support secular forces on issues," Singh said.
The SP leader said the Congress had turned down his party leader Mulayam Singh's invitation to be part of the government in Uttar Pradesh. "Initially, there was some agreement on having an adjustment for two seats in Delhi. But it fell through. Now, it seems no alliance will be possible on a regional basis," Singh said.
Besides Madhya Pradesh, Singh also released the lists of candidates for Chhattisgarh (40), Rajasthan (32) and Delhi (24). He did not rule out the possibility of announcing more names for these three states.
Singh was, however, optimistic about the ongoing talks with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). "We have had talks in the past, and leaders of the SP and RLD will meet tonight as well," Singh said, adding the discussions "so far have been limited" to Rajasthan.
"I would say the talks have been extremely positive and there are possibilities of having tie-ups with the RLD for some seats," the SP leader said.
Singh took the opportunity to introduce Budhsen Patel from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, who recently quit the Congress to join the SP. Singh said Patel would contest from the Churhat constituency against senior Congress leader Arjun Singh's son, Rahul Singh.
First Published: Nov 08, 2003 15:32 IST