SP & Congress Settle Fight Over 10 Seats
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.