Alliance with Congress not possible: Amar SinghMarch 21st, 2009 - 10:47 pm ICT by ANI
Lucknow, Mar 21 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) General Secretary Amar Singh on Saturday said that the possibilities of an alliance with the Congress have been over.
We were always keen on an alliance with the Congress. We had agreed to leave 17 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh for them, but still they did not seem to be satisfied, Amar Singh told reporters after state executive meeting here.
Singh blamed All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh for the break-up.
Only one man is responsible for putting hurdles in the path of the alliance between the Congress and the SP. I do not need to mention his name, as everyone knows him. He does not belong to Uttar Pradesh but keeps coming here quite often, Singh added.
The SP leader, however, said his party would not field any candidate against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi and his son Rahul Gandhi.
On March 6, the SP declared that his party could not offer more than 17 seats in Uttar Pradesh to the latter. Congress has demanded at least 24 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Singh, however, declined any rift between the two parties and said the SP would support the UPA for making a secular government. (ANI)
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