SP to play a decisive role in MP Assembly poll

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Bhopal, Sep 12 (UNI) Notwithstanding the exodus of party MLAs and senior leaders, the Samajwadi Party would play a decisive role in the coming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, party's state unit president Narayan Tripathy said today.

Mr Tripathy told newspersons here that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress would get less seats while SP and other regional parties would enhance other seats at the hustings.

''The BJP will get less than 90 seats while the Congress will not cross 75 seats and if the BJP crosses the predicted number then I will quit politics'', Mr Tirpathy claimed.

Mr Tripathy, who would submit a list of party candidates for 230 seats to party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on September 19, said the SP would not have any tie-up with the BJP or the Congress in Madhya Pradesh but would join hands with the like-minded regional parties like Rashtriya Samanata Dal and Gondwana Mukti Sena.

Despite expressing sympathy with Uma Bharti, Mr Tripathy ruled out any alliance with her Bharatiya Jana Shakti.

''The BJP had ditched Ms Bharti and she will teach a lesson to BJP'', he said.

About dissident activities in the party, Mr Tripathy said four MLAs had deserted the party and were planning to join the Congress. They were never devoted to party and came from the Congress to SP.

''Our party does not depend on individuals and there will be no impact on party due to their absence'', he said.

Mr Tripathy claimed that few leaders from the Congress would also join his party soon.

He said party's two-month long election campaign would be kicked-off from Shahdol on September 15 where the SP general secretary Amar Singh would address a ''Kisan-Adivasi Mahasammelan.'' Mr Singh would also address election rallies in Rewa on September 26, Chhindwara on October 14, Katni on October 20. In the state capital, Mr Singh along with Mr Yadav would address a rally on October 30, Mr Triparty said.

He said during the election campaign, the SP would highlight the failures of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government and its false assurances to the people.

Mr Tripathy also took a dig at the government for misbehaving with the mediapersons at Satna where the media went to cover the death of children due to malnutrition.

''The government is trying to suppress the fourth estate to cover up its failure on all fronts'', he alleged.

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