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Congress, Samajwadi Party alliance in UP – Amar Singh refuses to reveal much

Abul Hasan (ViewsHeadlines.Com)

Lucknow: Congress and Samajwadi Party haven’t enjoyed very cordial relations in a long time. Nonetheless, it has not stopped the rumors of a possible pre-poll alliance between the two parties in Uttar Pradesh. The state is set for assembly elections early 2017 and the ruling Samajwadi Party’s chances may get a boost if it comes into alliance with the Congress party.

While the speculations are rife for a long time about the possible alliance between the Congress and the SP, the two parties are yet to open their cards. Despite rumors for the several months in this regard, neither Congress top brass has spoken about it, nor Yadav chieftains.
In the meantime Samajwadi Party (SP) General Secretary Amar Singh on Saturday said the decision on an electoral understanding between his party and the Congress for the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be decided by the SP top brass.

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Amar Singh while talking to the media after a meeting with SP’s state unit chief Shivpal Singh Yadav said “I am a small party worker; such decisions are taken by senior leaders like party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,” As for his meeting with Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel in Delhi, Singh said no politics should be read into the meeting since the event was held to commemorate late Prime Minister Chowdhary Charan Singh and he attended it on Mulayam’s instructions.

When reminded about Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s claim that an alliance with the Congress will lead to 300 plus seats in UP polls, Amar Singh said he did not wish to comment. However, he said, leaders should desist from making comments they might have to withdraw later. Regarding his meeting with Shivpal, the SP General Secretary said there was nothing unusual in it. “Am I meeting Mayawati? Why this buzz?” he asked. It is for the first time in many months that Amar Singh has visited state capital Lucknow. He was caught in the crossfire between the Mulayam-Shivpal combine and Akhilesh Yadav starting September 2016.

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