UP elections: Congress-SP alliance back on
"The discussion was at the highest level between CM(UP), General Secretary, Congress in-charge and Priyanka Gandhi.�
Putting an end to speculations of the rift between Congress and Samajwadi Party over the alliance, Congress has confirmed the alliance in Uttar Pradesh, where it would contest on 105 seats.
Earlier, the two sides have split the difference to agree on the Congress getting six more seats than the 99 it was offered yesterday by Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party. Of the state's 403 seats, the Congress will contest 105. Till last evening, it wanted 110.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP president Akhilesh Yadav released his party’s manifesto today.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel said discussions between the two parties took place at the highest level. “It was wrong to suggest lightweights were dealing on behalf of Congress. The discussion was at the highest level between CM(UP), General Secretary, Congress in-charge and Priyanka Gandhi.”
The seriousness of alliance for the Congress Party was highlighted when Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly stepped in on Saturday, sending her closest aides to ensure the alliance does not fall apart.
The alliance talks came up when Akhilesh Yadav got the SP's "cycle" after the feud with his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav. Earlier, Mulayam had refused any alliance with any party.