India Elections : Congress woos Samajwadi Party

The Congress on Thursday opened its doors to all parties, except the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena, in its attempt to put up a secular and progressive government. Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told journalists that the party was working with all like-minded parties except these two communal forces.

Spurred by its estimate that SP’s numbers won’t be very different from SP'>BSP’s and plagued by a nagging suspicion that Mayawati may not be averse to going over to the NDA, Congress conveyed its invitation to SP through senior leader Pranab Mukherjee when he met SP general secretary Amar Singh late Wednesday evening.

Desperate to rebuild bridges with SP, Congress on Thursday, fielded Digvijay Singh, the architect of the partys grand revival strategy in Uttar Pradesh, to reach out to SP general secretary Amar Singh.

The two have had an antagonistic relationship since SP and Congress attempted to work out a pre-poll alliance in the state.

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