Kanpur: Congress is involved in a "friendly
fight" with Samajwadi Party and BSP in Uttar Pradesh elections
as it requires either of them for running its government at
the Centre, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said o Friday.
"You just have to look on the issues of Lokayukta,
Pension Bill or hike in petrol prices...UPA`s largest ally
Trinamool has been opposing the government on these issues.
The matter has reached to this level that it was the first to
register protest when Union minister Beni Prasad Verma dared
the EC on reservation row," he told reporters.
Jaitley was here to address poll rallies for party
"All this proves that the relation between Congress and
Trinamool Congress is souring. The Congress leaders are well
aware of this fact," he added.
He went on to state that the government will be short of
numbers once the TC-Congress ties are severed.
"Therefore, the main objective of Congress is to emerge
as a small party and take along either BSP or Samajwadi Party
to save its government at the Centre," Jaitley claimed.
"The Congress is thus involved in a friendly fight with
the BSP and SP with this objective (to save the government).
Our aim is to win the maximum number of seats in Uttar Pradesh
polls to foil the Congress` design," he added.
Asked to comment on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
statement where he held non-Congress governments responsible
for lack of development in UP in the last 22 years, Jaitley
said, "Neither UP was formed 22 years back nor UP has been
lagging behind only for the last 22 years.Singh came into politics 20 years ago. This doesn`t mean that there was no politics in UP prior to that. Before these 22 years, Congress
held power for at least 40 years. The lack of development in
UP is a legacy of the past and Congress is fully responsible
Commenting on Union Ministers Salman Khurshid and Beni
Prasad Verma, Jaitley said that both of them were breaking
rules and even Rashtrapati Bhavan was apprised of the matter.
Asked on whom the BJP will support after the UP polls,
Jaitley said, "given the bitter experiences we had in the
past, we will neither support nor take support of any