NEW DELHI -- The alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party failed to take place on Saturday over the matter of seat distribution, as the former was demanding more seats than the latter for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Speaking to ANI, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was offering 100 seats, but the Congress was not ready for less than 120 seats.
#FLASH SP-Cong alliance fails over seat sharing issue; SP offered 99 seats to Cong while Congress demanded at least 115 seats: SP Sources— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 21, 2017
"The Chief Minister offered 100 seats to Congress, but they were not ready for less than 120 seats. We told the Congress that we have 234 sitting MLAs and we need to give them tickets as well, and since there are a few others as well, there is no chance of us fighting on less than 300 seats," Uttam told ANI.
Taking a dig at the Congress, Uttam further said the party was demanding more seats as if it were "influential" in Uttar Pradesh.
Kareeb kareeb tuth hi gaya hai gathbandhan, UP CM 100 seats de rahe the lekin Cong 120 seat ke niche maan nahi rha tha: Naresh Agrawal, SP pic.twitter.com/BK5ksl4P7j— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 21, 2017
"But 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.
The Samajwadi Party leader further blamed the Congress for breaking the alliance and said this development will give a big boost to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"We gave it our all to ensure that this alliance is forged, but could not do anything because of Congress' rigidity," he added.
According to sources, the main bone of contention between the two parties emerged when the Congress wanted more seats in Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies, the stronghold of the Gandhi family, whereas the Samajwadi Party was unwilling to field their 'failed' candidates on the same.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will release the party's manifesto at 11 a.m. on Sunday in Lucknow.
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