No secular govt possible without Sonia: Amar Singh

No secular govt possible without Sonia: Amar Singh
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First Published: Tue, Mar 10 2009. 10 10 PM IST

Key figure: Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a public rally. PTI
Key figure: Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a public rally. PTI
Updated: Tue, Mar 10 2009. 10 10 PM IST
New Delhi: In a softening of its stand at a time when efforts for an alliance with the Congress party for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh appeared to be floundering, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday said it could leave some more seats for the Congress to contest.
No secular government can be formed without Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, SP general secretary Amar Singh said.
Key figure: Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a public rally. PTI
“Our alliance with Congress could not take the shape as desired by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi... We are giving them 17 seats in Uttar Pradesh and they are seeking 25 seats. Congress came out with their list of candidates for 24 constituencies, which include around 10 of our sitting seats. Despite this, we have left six seats for them and who knows in future we can leave some more seats for them,” Amar Singh told reporters.
He said, “This would be done without any compromise or any favour because we have no ideological clash with Congress. We still say that without Sonia Gandhi no secular government can be formed.”
On differences between the two parties over seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh, he said that in an alliance no party ever gives seats won by it in the previous election to its partner.
“Will Congress ever give even one of its sitting seats to Sharad Pawar? They will never do so. They are not even asking for one or two seats from us. They wanted 25 seats in UP. Soniaji is a big leader and if she had requested for more seats on her behalf, then Mulayam Singh Yadav would have considered it.”
“However due to pressure from (senior Congress leader) Digvijay Singh, Congress list consisted of 10 of our sitting seats... This is too much,” the SP leader said.
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