Samajwadi Party leaves six seats for Congress in UP

March 8th, 2009 - 9:27 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 8 (ANI): The Samajwadi Party on Sunday declared 10 more candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh taking the number of its nominees to 74.

The SP has left six constituencies, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Ghaziabad, Dharora, Mathura and Kanpur for the Congress.

The Samajwadi Party earlier announced candidates for 65 constituencies, saying his party was ready to reconsider its list of already announced candidates for 65 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh if Congress comes down from its demand.

We had always wanted an alliance with the Congress and still do. But if they come down from their bargaining stance we can also reconsider some from the already declared candidates, Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh told reporters here.

Congress has demanded for 25 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said the SP was ready to make some adjustments if the Congress is ready to climb down.

Amar Singh said that if Congress fields its candidates against SP on some seats, his party would also consider doing the same in the constituencies where the Congress has sitting MPs.

Meanwhile, the Congress refused the SPs proposal, and said there was no question of going back.

Congress also warned the SP that it would be compelled to go it alone in all constituencies in the state if it does not relent.

Uttar Pradesh Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi said a final decision on seat sharing would be arrived at partys Central Election Committee meeting which is likely to be held in Delhi on March 10.

She, however, added they could go alone in Uttar Pradesh if the SP remained adamant on leaving not more than 17 seats for them. (ANI)

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