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SP declines Uma's offer for joint front against Sonia

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Apr 1: Samajwadi Party today declined the offer of expelled BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti to rally around her against Congress president Sonia Gandhi when she contests the Rae Bareli parliamentary bypolls.

SP national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh observed that it was against his party's political ethos to support Ms Bharti.

''The political ideology propagated by her (Uma) is unacceptable to us, so there is no question of any alliance whatsoever,'' he maintained.

Mr Singh was addressing a news conference after inaugurating 'UP IT Expo Infocom 2K6' here.

Uma had announced on March 30 to field a woman candidate from Rae Bareli against the Congress chief.

''I have decided to field a woman candidate from Rae Bareli, but you may call me as the 'shadow' candidate against Ms Gandhi,'' she added.

The sadhvi-turned-politician said she wanted to contest from Rae Bareli herself ''but for time constraint in view of launching my new party by April 30.'' ''In any case, I will function as 'shadow' candidate and spend sufficient time to campaign against Ms Gandhi.'' Uma claimed that the letter seeking support against Ms Sonia Gandhi had been sent to all political parties.

Yesterday, BSP supremo Mayawati announced here that her party would not field any candidiate against Ms Gandhi in Rae Bareli bypolls, ''to weaken the BJP.''


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