Congress closely watching Samajwadi Party developments

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Amid speculations on a split in the Samajawadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is keeping a close watch while not ruling out an alliance with a breakaway faction in case such a situation arises, an informed source said on Wednesday.

“It is an evolving situation in the Samajwadi Party. First, let the things settle down within that party. Then we’ll come to it. Suppose there is a split, it is then a new situation,” said the Congress source who indicated an alliance with any breakaway faction.

Another Congress leader, however, dubbed the SP happenings an “orchestrated drama” for which he held the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav responsible.

“The whole drama has been produced, directed and acted by Mulayam Singh Yadav,” said the leader.

Amid a bitter and very public war for supremacy in the ruling Samajwadi Party, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday afternoon met Governor Ram Naik at the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow.

Earlier, Akhilesh met party legislators, members of the Legislative Council and other leaders, including those expelled from the party.