New Delhi: With the Congress gearing up
for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi has been
authorised to discuss the possibility of tie-ups with smaller
Party general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters
that the Congress was prepared to have alliance with parties
other than SP, BSP and BJP and the stage is set for having
discussions with them.
Asked about reports that RLD chief Ajit Singh could be
made a minister at the Centre as part of plans to rope his
party in the Congress-led alliance, he merely said, "I am not
the appointing authority."
Singh, who is in charge of party affairs in Uttar
Pradesh, said that a meeting of the state election committee
is scheduled in Lucknow for deciding the candidates.
The meetings of the Central Scrutiny Committee and
Central Election Committee would also be held soon to finalise
On the July 9 `Kisan Mahapanchayat` that Uttar Pradesh
Congress is planning to organise, he said that a decision
on the venue would be taken in a day or two.
This was because Mayawati Government had not given
permission to hold the meet either at Bhatta Parsaul in
Greater Noida or in Aligarh district.
"I always felt that Mayawati is afraid of Rahul
Gandhi," Singh said.
He said that the meet to highlight the problems of the
farmers especially that of land acquisition could be held at