UP Polls 2017: Samajwadi Party and Congress start talks for alliance
A strong section of SP led by Mulayam Singh Yadav is averse to any alliance with the Congress.
In the last leg of upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party’s meagre seats’ offer to Congress is holding up informal discussions for an electoral understanding between the two parties in UP.
Even though SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has publicly rejected any alliance, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had mooted an alliance with the Congress to ensure a win in the UP elections. Akhilesh’s remarks led to both sides informally exploring an alliance.
According to a report of Economic Times, SP is not willing to part with more than 60 seats to the Congress in the 403-member assembly. Quoting a source, the report said, “SP is offering 58 assembly seats to Congress,” referring to the secret talks between the two parties. The Congress, on the other hand, is looking for 100 seats, including 28 seats the party won in the 2012 polls and seats where the party secured more votes than SP, report added.
However, it is to be noted that SP used this formula to stitch an alliance with the Kanshi Ram-led BSP in 1993 that saw the BJP failing to retain power after its government was dismissed following the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.
Interestingly, in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Amar Singh also tried to forge an SP-Congress alliancebut the SP was not willing to offer more than 16 seats against Congress’ demand for 24 out of 80 seats from the state. The alliance did not materialise but the Congress managed to win 21 Lok Sabha seats, 5 more than what was offered.
It has been reported that a strong section of SP led by Mulayam Singh Yadav is averse to any alliance with the Congress.