Amar: Digvijay to be responsible for severing SP-Cong ties
In a further indication of widening of rifts between Congress and Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh on Tuesday lashed out at Congress leader Digvijay Singh for his “begging bowl” remark.

“Leaders like Digvijay Singh are misguiding the Congress high command. The statements emerging from the Congress party are very disheartening,” Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh said.

"...if there is any rift between the Congress and the SP, then Digvijay Singh will be responsible for the severed ties. I did not say he is a beggar nor I am," Amar Singh said.

“We helped the UPA government when it was facing its worst crisis after Left Front withdrew its support to the government. We came to the rescue of Congress. Instead of being thankful, the party leaders are issuing such statements,” SP leader added.

PTI reported that Singh said Samajwadi Party will not give more than 15 seats to Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state.

On Monday, blowing hot and cold, AICC general secretary incharge of Lok Sabha polls for UP Digvijay Singh had said his party has not approached Samajwadi Party with a begging bowl on seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh and rejected holding of the exercise on the basis of last Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Lauding the role of SP in helping the UPA in winning the trust vote, Digvijay Singh had said, "SP is a secular party and it has contributed to helping us to curtail BJP and it has been effective in doing so. But we are not standing with a begging bowl (hum bheek ki katori leke khade nahi hain) and want an honourable agreement and want the SP to analyse, which party is strong in which seat.”

"We can also have friendly fights and it is nothing new. They had a friendly fight in 2004. Talks are going on and an agreement is possible", Singh had said.