Press Esc to close
Friday 22 May 2015
News updated at 1:52 PM IST
Weather
Max: 31.5°C
Min : 22.8°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Cong to contest against Mulayam

Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, July 9, 2013, DHNS:

Hints at fielding candidates from Mainpuri, other family boroughs

In a significant political development indicating straining of ties between the Congress and Samajwadi Party, the former on Tuesday dropped hints that it could consider fielding a candidate from Mainpuri, which is represented by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in the Lok Sabha, for the general elections.

The Congress also hinted that it could contest from Etawah and some other seats, which were held by members of Mulayam’s family.

State Congress chief Nirmal Khatri and the state in-charge Madhusudan Mistri said party workers from Etawah and Mainpuri had complained that the morale of the workers in these areas were quite low as  Congress had not contested from the two seats in the 2009 polls.

They demanded that the party should contest from Etawah and Mainpuri this time.
“Congress supporters not only got demoralised but also looked for other options when the party decided not to contest from Mainpuri and Etawah,” Khatri told reporters quoting the party workers from the areas.

He said senior party leaders will tour the region to boost the morale of the workers.
Mistri was here to review the poll-preparedness of the party and held meetings with senior leaders and workers.

He said Congress was in the process of selecting the candidates for the next general elections.

SP general secretary Naresh Agarwal reacted sharply to the Congress leader’s statement saying that the Congress will ‘know its real position’ if it contests from these places.
“It is a childish statement. Congress is nowhere in UP,” Agarwal said.

SP has so far declared the names of its candidates for 74 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. However, it has not yet declared its nominees from Raebareli and Amethi.

SP leaders said the party may not field any candidate from the two seats.

Last year, Congress had also not fielded its nominee from Kannauj seat when UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav contested from there.

Agarwal did not say if SP will also contest from Raebareli and Amethi in case Congress fields its candidates from Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj.

The decision could further strain relations between the two parties. Samajwadi Party is supporting the UPA regime from outside.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Textile Minister Subash Desai at the inauguration of Textile Park...

Textile Minister Subash Desai at the inauguration of Textile Park...

Mangoes on sale in the wholesale fruit market during summer season in Bhopal...

Mangoes on sale in the wholesale fruit market during summer season in Bhopal...

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walks during the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival...

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walks during the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival...

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter returns on Tuesday after dropping relief recent Nepal.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter returns on Tuesday after dropping relief recent Nepal.

Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force successfully lands on the Yamuna Expressway...

Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force successfully lands on the Yamuna Expressway...

Girls paying floral tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary...

Girls paying floral tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary...

A Mahout sits on his elephant in Sabarmati river before giving bath to protect from heat...

A Mahout sits on his elephant in Sabarmati river before giving bath to protect from heat...

A Barn Swallow chicks inside a nest in Srinagar...

A Barn Swallow chicks inside a nest in Srinagar...

A cattle egret feeding its offsprings at nest on a tree in Guwahati on Thursday...

A cattle egret feeding its offsprings at nest on a tree in Guwahati on Thursday...

An Indian man takes bath under the tap of a water tanker on a hot day in Ahmadabad...

An Indian man takes bath under the tap of a water tanker on a hot day in Ahmadabad...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523