Sheila Dikshit: Senior Samajwadi Party leaders want to join Congress

Sheila Dixit said a lot of people wanting to join Congress. Pic/AFP
Sheila Dixit said a lot of people wanting to join Congress. Pic/AFP

New Delhi: The widening rift in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family will cost the ruling Samajwadi Party dearly in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and some of its senior leaders are in touch with Congress to join it, Congress Chief Ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit said yesterday.

Dikshit, a three-time Chief Minister of Delhi, said the cracks in SP would benefit Congress as those unhappy with goings on in that party do not have much choice but to come to Congress’ fold.

“There are a lot people wanting to come to the Congress, certainly because they cannot go to BJP or BSP,” she said. Asked whether some senior leaders of SP are in touch with the Congress, 78-year-old Dikshit said they are a mixture of senior, mid-level and local leaders. Those who are disappointed with the reputation that SP has picked up are definitely looking for alternative and the alternative is Congress,” she said adding, “Many of them are in touch already. Openly they are not doing it now.”

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