India Elections : SP ready to support Congress

The Congress Party on Saturday claimed an emphatic victory in Indias parliamentary elections as voters backed secular leadership over communal politics and the continued premiership of Manmohan Singh.

Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh indicated that the party would support the UPA but said the nature of support would depend on “what the alliance wants from us”.

With the UPA now needing just 10 more seats to get simple majority in the Lok Sabha, the Congress was on Sunday undecided on taking the support of the Samajwadi Party, which has emerged the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh.

Congress spokesperson M. Veerappa Moily told a news channel: “The Samajwadi Party had supported us at the time of the trust vote in parliament on the nuclear deal (July 2008). But they fought separately in UP and Bihar. It doesn’t mean that they are away from us and we are away from them.”

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