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SP rules out alliance with Congress

NEW DELHI, MARCH 3. The Samajwadi Party has again discounted the possibility of a tie-up with the Congress so long as it continued to negotiate with the Bahujan Samaj Party. "We will not join hands with anybody who is talking to the BSP," said Amar Singh, general secretary of the party.

Addressing the media after the meeting of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council sub-committee on Information Technology, Mr. Singh came down heavily on both the Congress as well as the Left parties for hobnobbing with the BSP.

" How can these parties which talk of secularism even think of an alliance with a party that has on three different occasions formed the government with the help of the BJP and has even campaigned for Narendra Modi," he said.

According to Mr. Singh, the Congress had spurned the Samjawadi Party's hand of friendship on several occasions. " We requested them to join the Uttar Pradesh Government but they refused. From the very beginning they favoured an alliance with the BSP," he said.

Ruling out any possibility of a tie-up with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Mr. Singh said there couldn't be a bigger political abuse for his party than to say that it would join hands with the NDA or the BJP. " Our party was born to root out the communal forces we cannot even think of tying up with them," he said.

He feigned ignorance about the possibility of Jaya Bachchan being fielded by the party as its candidate from Allahabad. "I have only read about it in the papers, if she decides to contest it is good but I don't think she will," he said.

Known for his proximity to the Bachchans, Mr. Singh made it clear that he would not insist on Ms. Bachchan contesting. "I know that this family wants to stay out of the political arena."

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh the Government today roped in the Infosys Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nandan Nilekani, in its effort to give a boost to information and technology in the State. Mr. Nilekani will now head the Uttar Pradesh Development Council's IT sub-committee.

The Infosys CEO, who held discussions with the U.P. Development Council Chairman, Amar Singh, on the IT roadmap for the State, said he would be happy to add value to promotion of information technology in the State.

``Uttar Pradesh has excellent human resource. It has an IIT and some of the best engineering colleges. We can leverage it to promote IT in the State and use it for social purposes,'' Infosys' Managing Director said.