Amar: Cong-SP committee to have Manmohan, Sonia Gandhi

Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday, Aug 22, to discuss the Congress-SP co-ordination committee and possibilities of seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

After meeting the Prime Minister, Singh said the recently formed co-ordination committee will have six members, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister A K Antony.

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh would be the other members of the committee. There had been indications earlier that Mulayam's brother Ram Gopal Yadav would also be part of the committee.

Singh said the committee would have its first meeting shortly. "The committee will oversee how the government is functioning," he added.

The SP general secretary also said the party would discuss the issue of seat sharing in UP for the Lok Sabha elections with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi shortly. The SP had insisted that Rahul Gandhi should also be a party to the nitty-gritty of seat sharing.

Later in the evening, Singh met Sonia Gandhi, apparently to finalise the finer details of the co-ordination committee. Singh had recently said despite demand from party workers, he was personally against joining the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.