The Asian Age

Another rift? RLD, Cong seek more seats for LS in UP

- Disagreeme­nt the seats

Lucknow, Jan. 29: The Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal on Monday appeared unsatisfie­d with the 18 seats offered to the two INDIA bloc allies in Uttar Pradesh by the Samajwadi Party in seatsharin­g arrangemen­ts for the Lok Sabha polls.

The SP has offered 11 seats to the Congress and seven seats to the RLD for the upcoming parliament­ary elections.

The Congress has demanded that it should be given at least 22 seats it had won in 2009, while the RLD wants eight seats in the politicall­y sensitive state, which has 80 Lok Sabha constituen­cies.

“Positive talks are going on regarding seat sharing. We want that the party should contest on more than 22 seats, which it had won in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in the state. The party’s central leadership is in talks with the Samajwadi Party about this,” UP Congress chief Ajay Rai told PTI on Monday.

Expressing over

◗ SP SPOKESPERS­ON Rajendra Chaudhary, when asked that Congress is demanding more than 22 seats, said, “The number of seats given by the SP will remain the same”

offered to it by the SP, a senior RLD leader said the party wants one more seat.

“We want to contest from the Deoria Lok Sabha seat. Our state unit chief Ramashish Rai had contested from there in 2004 on a Congress ticket, and had given a tough fight to his political opponents... The political equation is in favour of Rai, and he can throw surprising results,” the RLD leader told PTI.

As per RLD leaders, the SP has offered them the seats of Baghpat, Muzaffarna­gar, Mathura, Kairana, Hathras, Bijnor and Amroha.

Meanwhile, SP’s chief spokespers­on Rajendra Chaudhary said, “The number of seats given by the SP will remain the same.”

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