Cong could lose in UP without RLD: Ajit Singh
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 23:05
New Delhi: RLD chief Ajit Singh on Tuesday said Congress could lose Uttar Pradesh in assembly elections if it failed to have a tie-up with his party.

"...We (Congress and RLD) are in talks for a tie-up against Mayawati as it would help defeat her. If there is no alliance, they will lose. But nothing definitive has taken shape," he told agency here.

He also said he would not mind becoming a cabinet minister if his party joins UPA.

"If we join UPA, there is no question of minding about it (taking a cabinet berth) if it takes shape. We have not discussed it so far," he said when asked whether he would 'mind' becoming a cabinet minister if the talks succeed.

Asked about suggestions that he could even join Congress, Singh said there was no such move but talks were on for a tie- up against Mayawati.

"As of now, we are discussing an alliance and seats and no decision has been reached though everyone favours it (a tie-up)," he said.

Asked on the possibility of a tie-up with BJP again, he said much would depend on the political situation. "SP and Congress had a tie-up then, though we were in talks with Congress. But they could not reach an agreement. But now we had been maintaining that we will not have an agreement with BSP and BJP," he said.

He said at this stage there was no plan to have a tie-up with Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party.

"There were talks...everyone talks as people feel that Mayawati has to be removed and they don't mind tie-ups as a means to achieve that. People want the three parties (Congress, SP and RLD) to tie up. But that is not possible," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 23:05

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