SP national executive meet in West Bengal

Samajwadi Party will hold its national executive meeting from May 21 in West Bengal, where assembly elections are due next year.

Updated: May 06, 2010, 18:09 PM IST

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party will hold its
national executive meeting from May 21 in West Bengal, where
assembly elections are due next year.

Senior party leaders, including its national president
Mulayam Singh Yadav would attend the three-day meeting in
Kolkata, which among other issues, is also aimed at devising a
strategy for the elections.

SP, an alliance partner in the Left Front government,
had strained relations with the coalition after the Left
withdrew support to the UPA-1 on the Indo-US nuclear deal and
SP stepped in to bail it out of the crisis.

Party national general secretary Kiranmoy Nanda, also a
minister in the West Bengal Government, said the meeting was
aimed at strengthening the party in that state and insisted
that the relations with the Left parties were quite
satisfactory.

The meeting also assumes significance after the
expulsion of Amar Singh, who had a strong base in the Left
bastion.

Asked whether the party would face the polls in alliance
with the Left, Nanda said it would be considered only at an
appropriate time.

"As of now, we are in alliance with the Left parties in
the government. The party is concentrating on the municipal
elections (to be held on May 30) now," he said adding the
national executive meet should not be linked in any way to the
party`s equations with the Left Front.

PTI