Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) finds itself in a catch-22 situation over the issue of Congress. Aiming to sweep the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, SP finds itself in a piquant position as it is witnessing infighting amongst the party cadres in context to their ties with Congress.

The issue was the most discussed topic in SP’s recent national convention. On one hand, SP leaders have repeatedly criticized Congress, but it has failed to give any logical reason for extending support to the Union Government.

When asked about its support to Congress at Centre, SP chief Mulayam Singh had the same old answer that he wanted to keep communal forces out of power. However, support of SP to the Congress at Centre hints towards its weakening attack on the latter.

Rather than attacking their traditional political enemy Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the convention, SP supremo Mulayam Singh and other prominent party members including Braj Bhushan Tiwary, Mohan Singh and Mohd Azam Khan targeted Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

SP leaders lambasted the policies of state and the Centre. They asserted that Congress was making efforts to ensure that SP did not return to power in Uttar Pradesh. According to them, BSP and Congress had clubbed hands and were jointly contesting against SP candidates. The differences between Congress and SP cropped as the latter did not receive any benefits despite supporting the Congress on several occasions.

In addition to ensuring that the BSP government was toppled, SP leaders maintained that party has to make efforts to keep Congress away from power at Uttar Pradesh.

Even though SP has set a target of sweeping UP elections, but it is concerned about the post-poll equations.