Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Saturday said that the alliance with the Congress failed to establish in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Assembly elections because of the sheer arrogance of the grand old party, who were behaving as if they were “influential” in the state
Speaking to ANI, Samajwadi party leader Naresh Aggarwal said the Congress was offered 100 seats by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, but they were not ready to accept less than 120 seats which was not possible as the SP had 234 sitting MLAs they need to give them tickets as well.
“The Congress was rigid on their demand as if they have are a great source of influence in the region and Uttar Pradesh cannot run
without them,” he said.
Aggarwal further said that due to the rigid attitude of the Congress over the distribution of tickets, the alliance was called off.
“I blame the Congress for breaking alliance and giving a boost to the BJP. We gave it our all to ensure that this alliance is forged, but could not do anything because of Congress` rigidity,” he said.
Samajwadi Party`s Maharastra state unit leader Abu Aazmi also said the SP had given enough space to the Congress and that before seeking more seats, the Congress should look at its “haisiyat” (real situation).
Meanwhile, the Congress did not confirm the breakup and continued to remain vague over an alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that things would be known tomorrow morning.