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Samajwadi Party Proposes to Contest 250 Lok Sabha Seats as well as to Field its own Candidates against Vajpayee 
This will Divide Secular Votes and Help BJP/NDA to Win 

New Delhi, 13 March, 2004
: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:

"The AIMMM has been urging the secular parties to form an electoral alliance or make electoral adjustment or at least to reach electoral understanding to ensure that in the epic battle against the Forces of Communalism and Chauvinism, the secular votes are not divided.

Unfortunately the leadership of the Samajwadi Party, which is a national party though largely based in UP, has, for inexplicable reasons, apparently decided to undermine the prospect of one-to-one fight against the BJP.

In 1999, the Samajwadi Party contested 151 Lok Sabha seats including 80 in UP but won only 26 in UP (with 25% of the State vote) and lost 125 seats, including 90 in which it forfeited its deposit. This has not deterred it from repeating the experiment.

According to the statement of its General Secretary Shri Amar Singh, the SP proposes to contest 250 seats, including 70 in UP, in the coming election. The SP will thus contest many seats which were won by other secular parties or lost by them to the NDA/BJP. Thus the SP will divide the secular vote and make it easier for BJP, or other members of the NDA, to defeat their immediate secular rival.

According to Shri Singh, the SP has also rejected the idea of even a limited understanding among secular parties on fielding common candidates against the top leaders of the BJP/NDA like Shri Vajpayee, Shri Advani, Dr. Joshi and Shri Fernandes. To take an example, Shri Vajpayee won in 1999 from Lucknow by the skin of his teeth, by only 850 votes against the combined total of Congress, SP and BSP. The Congress was the runner up. If SP and BSP withdraw from the contest, Shri Vajpayee would face a tough fight. The SP proposes to field its own candidate, a non-entity.

The secular electorate is puzzled by the attitude of the SP. The AIMMM is forced to question whether the allegation of a behind the scene understanding between the BJP and the SP has any truth.

The AIMMM requests the SP to place its political objective and electoral strategy before the people."

Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
N-44, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025 Phone: 2632 6780 Fax: 2632 7346
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