Special Correspondent

The party has already announced names of 76 candidates

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh said on Tuesday that he was ready for seat-sharing talks if the Congress leadership was willing for a dialogue on the issue.

Addressing a press conference here, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, should take a decision in the interest of her party.

Mr. Singh’s offer for talks marks another instance of the battle of wits between the SP and the Congress on the subject of seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh.

The Samajwadi Party has already announced the names of 76 candidates, including that of Zafar Alam, who will contest from Aligarh. Mr. Alam’s name was announced on Tuesday.

Aligarh and Dhaurhara were among the six seats on which Mr. Singh had decided not to field SP candidates. However, within a couple of days of his decision, the party announced the name of Om Prakash Gupta as the candidate from Dhaurhara.

Union Minister of State for Steel Jitin Prasada is the Congress candidate from Dhaurhara.