Amar seeks to justify naming Nafisa as nominee

Seeking to justify naming erstwhile Congress leader Nafisa Ali as the SP nominee from Lucknow, party General Secretary Amar Singh on Sunday said the grand old party had meted out the same treatment to Samajwadi Party in the past.

 "Congress had earlier taken SP leaders like Beni Prasad Verma, Raj Babbar, Salim Shervani without hesitation...We have taken Nafisaji, who was first approached by the Congress for the same seat", Singh told reporters here.

Singh said he now expects the Congress to support Nafisa, the party's first choice.

Ridiculing Congress leaders who allegedly did not take Sanjay Dutt's plunge into politics seriously, the SP general secretary said the actor is very much here and campaigning for the party.

"Had Dutt wanted he would have left Lucknow after SC did not grant him permission to contest elections. He would have been earning through endorsements and films but he is campaigning here", he said