Lucknow: Even before the formal announcement of an alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party could be made, the two are heading towards a break up.
The Congress high command is said to be extremely unhappy with the way UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav is treating the grand old party.
Meanwhile, both parties have hinted that the alliance is almost over in Uttar Pradesh. Congress sources said that there would be no alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
However, the UP Congress chief Raj Babbar denied that talks are over. “There are no hindrances in talks,” Raj Babbar said when asked about SP-Congress alliance.
But, Congress’ UP in-charge Gulam Nabi Azad was more realistic. “The status of alliance will be clear by tomorrow morning,” Azad said.
On the other hand, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said the talks for an alliance with the Congress have broken down.
According to Congress sources, Akhilesh had agreed to give 142 seats in Uttar Pradesh to the party. But, that was before the Election Commission ruled in his favour.
Akhilesh had even agreed on a written accord between SP and the Congress. But, after the Election Commission decided in his favour, Akhilesh Yadav scaled down the seat offer to 121 citing some internal political compulsions.
The Congress sources said that the party agreed to the curtailed share for giving a tough fight to the BJP in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
But, when Congress said yes to 121 seats, Akhilesh again lowered the benchmark to 100 seats.