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February 15, 2009

SP, Congress to jointly contest election in UP

Despite the recent war of words between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress leaders, there are strong indication that both the parties will have a tie-up.

Though SP has announced the names of over 50 candidates, it may leave around 18 seats for the Congress. In some other constituencies, there can be a 'friendly fight' in the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

After former BJP leader Kalyan Singh's announcement that he will have an understanding with the SP, there was a war of words between the leaders of both SP and Congress.

This had intensified over the issue of CBI probe into the case of disproportionate assets of Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, with election drawing nearer, it seems both the parties have decided to bury the hatchet and have a pre-poll alliance.

UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi hinted that there could be a decision in next two days. SP leader Amar Singh also spoke positively and said that the seat-sharing formula would be announced in a day or two.

Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha constituencies and the state is crucial for any party to stake a claim to form the next government at the Centre. With SP announcing 58 candidates, Congress may have to settle for 15-20 seats.

TIH Bureau



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