After months of dilly-dallying and politicking over seat sharing, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh on Tuesday finally relented and said his party was still willing to go in for a pre-poll alliance with the Congress.
“I am ready for the talks (on seat-sharing) if Congress wants…Sonia Gandhi should take a decision in the interest of her party,” Yadav was quoted as saying by correspondents.
He said that hard decisions often had to be taken for the sake of the party and the Congress leadership should take a decision.
The Congress however made it clear that there was no scope for a pre-poll alliance in Uttar Pradesh as Mulayam Singh’s party had already declared candidates for most of the Lok Sabha segments in the state.
“The Samajwadi Party has already put out candidates. So where is the scope for talks,” AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh is reported to have told correspondents in New Delhi.
The SP had earlier declared 74 candidates for the state’s 80 parliamentary constituencies while the Congress too declared a list of 24 party candidates.