Possibility of alliance with Congress over: Amar Singh

March 21st, 2009 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Lucknow, March 21 (IANS) While the Congress had already indicated that it was not inclined to a poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the final parting of ways came Saturday when Amar Singh said the “possibilities of an alliance have been frustrated”.
“From our side, we were always keen on an alliance (with the Congress) and we had agreed to leave as many as 17 of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats for them, but still they did not seem to be satisfied,” said Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party general secretary.

Amar Singh was speaking to the media at the end of a day-long state executive meeting here.

Without naming All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh, he blamed the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister for the break-up.

“I do not blame (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi for this. Only one man is responsible for putting hurdles in the path of the alliance. I need not mention his name as everyone knows him. He does not belong to Uttar Pradesh but keeps coming here quite often,” said Amar Singh.

He said the Congress “deliberately” insisted on fighting from 10 constituencies in which the Samajwadi Party has sitting MPs.

“Some Congress leaders even chose to overlook the fact that it was because of those 10 members that Manmohan Singh was still occupying the prime minister’s office.”

Amar Singh said his party won’t field any candidate against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli and her son Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

However he warned that “if the Congress chooses to field anyone against (Samajwadi candidate) Sanjay Dutt in Lucknow, we will oppose (Congress’) Priya Dutt in Mumbai”.

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