New Delhi: Ahead of D-Day of March 06, the race for a possible post-poll tie ups in the most-watched Uttar Pradesh began on Monday.
The exit polls conducted by five television news channels predicted a hung Assembly in Uttar Pradesh with the Samajwadi Party having an edge.
Sensing an opportunity the Congress tried to woo Mayawati`s BSP. Union Minister and senior Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma had hurled a political bombshell yesterday by favouring a tie-up with Mayawati`s BSP.
Verma, who quit Samajwadi Party in 2007 following differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav, said he would personally prefer BSP to SP, which he dubbed as a "party of goons".
"The key to form the state government is with Congress and Congress for sure will form the government. If we have to form an alliance, I would personally prefer BSP. SP is a party of goons...BSP is a party of Dalits," he said.
However, the Congress termed Verma’s comment as his “personal opinion.”
"We will stake claim to form the government if we get majority, otherwise we will prefer to sit in the opposition," Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said in Lucknow.
Meanwhile, reports said the BSP is holding backdoor talks with the BJP for a possible tie up with the saffron party.