SP issues first list for MP, Rajasthan, J&K; discusses UP seats

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New Delhi, Oct 31 (UNI) The Samajwadi Party today indicated that it might leave 15 to 20 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh for its new ally, the ruling Congress at the Centre, if an agreement between them was reached at all.

It also today issued the first list of candidates for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

Admitting that an uncertainty was prevailing regarding the seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh, and blaming the Congress leadership for it, the Samajwadi party today started the exercise of choosing candidates for the coming Lok Sabha elections from the state.

''We are today discussing candidates for 60 to 65 seats,'' SP General Secretray Amar Singh told mediapersons after a meeting of the party's Parliamentary Board here.

''We will not wait endlessly for the Congress leadership to finalise the seat-sharing agreement,'' he said.

The SP leader minced no words about his disillusionment with the UP Congress leaders, saying that henceforth, he would only be talking to only Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Asked when the next round of talks with the Congress would take place, Mr Singh said, ''It will take place whenever Ms Gandhi is ready for it,'' indicating that it was the Congress which was causing the delay in finalising the arrangement.

Replying to a question, he said the talks were mainly stuck up over the seats on which his party had sitting MPs.

To another question, he said that if no agreement for UP was reached, the SP would leave, as already declared, the Rae Barely and Amethi seats for Ms Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

For Madhya Pradesh, the party cleared 111 names today. Mr Singh said the party would try to field as many candidates as possible in the state and would go it alone, though it could still talk to small parties for some adjustment.

He, however, flatly denied having any truck with the Bharatiya Janashakti Party of Ms Uma Bharati, saying their ideologies were poles apart.

The SP General Secretary gave full vent to his party's bitterness over the Congress attitude in the state, accusing it of trying to split SP legislature party. He was referring to the defection of four party MLAs to the Congress.

''In such a situation we are free to work for strengthening our party in the state,'' he said.

It is the Congress which has rejected our offer to have alliances in other states besides UP, he sought to point out.


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