SP & Congress Set­tle Fight Over 10 Seats

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Iron­ing out some of the dif­fer­ences over dual can­di­dates, the Congress and the Sa­ma­jwadi Party on Tues­day started a re­dres­sal process with with­drawal of re­spec­tive can­di­dates from five assem­bly seats each.

TheCon­gress­with­drewitscan­di­dates­from Luc­knowCen­tral,Bindki,So­raon,Prayag­pur and Ch­han­bey. SP held back its can­di­dates from Ma­hara­jpur, Kan­pur Can­ton­ment, Ko­raon,BaraandMehrauni.Th­esec­on­stitu- en­cies go to vote in up­com­ing phases with three con­stituen­cies — Lucknow Cen­tral, Kan­pur Cant and Ma­hara­jpur — head­ing to polls this week­end.

Nine of these con­stituen­cies were among the 15 that had be­come a flash­point be­tween the two part­ners. Meet­ings were held late into Mon­day night to re­solve the discontent over the de­lay in with­drawal of can­di­dates, es­pe­cially in Congress camp.

Both par­ties then fi­nally is­sued a joint state­ment on Tues­day an­nounc­ing the with­drawal of can­di­dates.

As per the al­liance ar­range­ment, while the SP was to field 298 can­di­dates, the Congress got 105 seats. How­ever, that was not ef­fec­tively trans­lat­ing into these fig­ures, as per­ceived in the Congress. The Congress iden­ti­fied 15-17 con­stituen­cies which were ear­marked for the Congress but still had a SP can­di­date in the fray. ET sources had lear nt that while the Congress was agree­able to part­ing with 4-5 seats, the state unit was very clear that the oth­ers must stay with the Congress and this must be made pub­licly ev­i­dent to en­sure that its ca­di­dates get full sup­port in the cam­paign.

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