Beni sticks to his stand of tie-up with BSP

Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, stuck to his stand saying there should be no truck with "a party of goondas", the SP.

Lucknow: Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma,
who created a flutter by advocating Congress` post-poll
alliance with BSP in Uttar Pradesh, on Monday stuck to his stand
saying there should be no truck with "a party of goondas".

"BSP is better than SP which is a party of goondas
...even if Congress falls short of the majority mark, it would
have the key to government formation", Verma said.

In case there is a need for taking help for
government formation, "BSP is a better choice than SP", Verma
said adding SP would not be able to form the government on its

"Wait till tomorrow... in case there is no clear
mandate, the issue would be discussed with the party high
command where I will present my views as to which party should
be preferred and why ", Verma said.

Meanwhile UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, when
contacted, said Verma has always been expressing his views
openly and he has done the same this time also, which is his
personal opinion.

"There is no change in the party stand as such... we will
stake claim only in the event of getting majority or emerging
as the single largest party or else sit in the opposition",
she said adding exit polls would be proved wrong tomorrow when
counting of votes is taken up.


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