`Cong hoping to find ally for UPA from UP polls`

Arun Jaitley claimed that the Congress is contesting the upcoming UP elections with the "hope" of finding an ally to support its govt at the Centre.

Last Updated: Feb 04, 2012, 21:33 PM IST

Rampur (UP): BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday
claimed that the Congress party is contesting the upcoming
Uttar Pradesh elections with the "hope" of finding an ally to
support its government at the Centre.

"The Congress is not fighting the UP elections to form a
government. It is hoping that after the UP election results it
will be able to find an alternative to the Trinamool
Congress," Jaitley told a public meeting here.

"In the present situation the Congress is not even in a
position to face Parliament sessions. Earlier only the
Opposition used to oppose but now even their allies like
Trinamool oppose them," he said.

The BJP leader declared that his party would not have
any alliance with either the BSP or the Samajwadi Party, and
challenged the Congress to make a similar decision.

"The BSP and the SP have been the fountainhead of
corruption in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP will not have any
alliance with either of them," Jaitley said.

"The Congress is hoping that the BSP or the SP would need
their support to form government in Uttar Pradesh and in
result it would get support for its government in Delhi," he
said.

Since Congress was not in a moral position to speak
against corruption in UP, it was attempting to win votes by
promising reservation to a particular community, Jaitley said.

"The Constitution does not give sanction for reservation
on the basis of religion. To polarise the society before the
UP elections Congress had promised a 9 per cent reservation
while Mulayam promises double of that," he said, adding that
the BJP is the only party that is openly opposing these
reservations which go against the Constitution.

PTI