Congress and SP are fighting each other on many seats
Lucknow: Though the Congress has reached an alliance with the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh , on many seats two parties are face to face with each other which is neither desirable , nor beneficial to either of the two. The worst part of the story is that in some of the constituencies candidates have defied their parties and refused to withdraw, making the confusion worse confounded.
There are 15 out of total 403 seats where candidates of both the parties are in the fray. The Congress withdrew on Monday its candidateds from four constituencies under pressure from the alliance partner but a solution is yet to be found on the other seats.
The seats which were vacated by the Congress included Lucknow central. Maroof Khan had filed his nomination for the seat in addition to Ravidas Mehrotra of the SP. Since Mehrotra is a senior party leader, the Congress asked Khan to move out of contest in his favour,
He has protersted agaist it and is believed to have written a letter to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi urging him to invevene . So far he has not gone out of the race.
Similarly, a Samajwadi Party candidate in Saharanpur district has refused to withdraw. Nauman Masood was fielded by the Congress in Gangoh constituency in the district. Rahul Gandhi has even campaigned in the area and has urged the electorate to support him. But Inder Sen of the Samajwadi Party refused to back out. He was expelled from the party for six years due to defiance but that too did not prevent him from contesting.
The two parties are also fighting against each other in some other constituencies. Notable among them are Amethi and Raebareli . The contest on these two seats are being described as "friendly" to minimise the damage and to save embarrassment. This face savour may be used for some other seats if candidates of the two parties continue to defy.
Under the agreement between the two parties, while the SP was to contest from 298 seats, the Congress on the rest of the 105 seats.