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Congress offers ‘funds bait’ to BSP for alliance

THE ASIAN AGE. | RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY
Published : Sep 10, 2018, 12:21 am IST
Updated : Sep 10, 2018, 12:21 am IST

MP Pradesh Congress Committee president Kamal Nath has been entrusted to negotiate with BSP for the poll tie-up, the source said.

BSP chief Mayawati (Photo: PTI)
 BSP chief Mayawati (Photo: PTI)

Bhopal: With the talks on forging an alliance with the BSP in the yearend Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh making no headway, the Congress is planning to influence Mayawati’s party with an offer to fund its poll expenses.

A central Congress leader privy to the development disclosed to this newspaper on Sunday that his party was considering throwing the bait of opening its purses for the BSP to make the BSP supremo Ms Mayawati agree to seal alliance between the two parties for the MP polls.

“There has hardly been any progress so far in the ongoing talks between Congress and BSP that began two months ago. MP Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Kamal Nath has been entrusted to negotiate with BSP for the poll tie-up in MP on behalf of Congress,” he said.

Sources revealed that the alliance talks had hit a roadblock following insistence by BSP and its new found ally SP to link their tie-up in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan with Uttar Pradesh.

“BSP and SP have been demanding Congress to leave more seats for them in the poll-bound states of MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan if Congress wanted to have any truck with them in the 2019 parliamentary polls in Uttar Pradesh.

But, Congress was not willing to succumb to their pressure tactics,” sources said.

In fact, Mr Nath has sounded a warning that his party was ready to go alone in forthcoming Assembly elections in MP if the alliance with BSP did not materialise.

Sources however indicated that Congress was considering making an offer of funding poll expenses of BSP to bring the party back to the negotiation table.

In another development, BSP has decided to go for internal mobilisation of funds to fight the polls.

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