Lucknow: Congress would prefer to sit in the
opposition in case it fell short of numbers in the election to
the Uttar Pradesh Assembly than supporting any other party,
senior leader Digvijay Singh has said.
He also raised questions over the possibility of Congress
ally RLD heading the government in case the combine gets
"We would not extend support to any other party and
prefer sitting in the opposition (in case party fell short of
numbers)", he told PTI.
The senior Congress leader, who is in-charge of party
affairs in the state, claimed that Congress would get majority
and form the next government.
Asked to comment on party leader Pervez Hashmi reportedly
backing the claim of RLD`s Jayant Chaudhary as chief
ministerial candidate, Singh wondered as to how the leader of
a party contesting only 46 seats can stake claim to the
"RLD is only contesting 46 seats in the 403 member
house... how can the leader of a party contesting these number
of seats become the chief minister", he said.
"Had RLD led by Ajit Singh merged with the Congress
before the elections, chances of such a possibility would have
increased because then the Congress legislature party would
have considered it", Singh said.
Coming to the defence of Union Ministers Salman Khurshid
and Beni Prasad Verma, who have made promises on enhancing
Muslim quota during electioneering, Singh made light of the
remarks saying in an highly emotional campaign, "such things
"It should not be taken as violation of model code of
conduct as it was the reassertion of the promise made in the
party manifesto... If one is not allowed to speak on the
manifesto what would the leader say during campaigning", he
Singh, however, said that in the case of Khurshid, the
EC had felt that when he made the statement, the manifesto was
Refusing to accept the line that Muslim quota promises
have triggered a reaction, Singh said actually it is a fight
"We have brought to the fore the reality on the Batla
House case and Muslim quota... if it leads to any reaction at
the electoral level we are not concerned", he said.
Singh alleged that the media has given unnecessary hype
to ministers` statements on Batla House encounter and Muslim
reservation issues but did not raise the matter of BJP leader
L.K Advani meeting the Prime Minister for "saving" Sadhvi
Pragya and Colonel Purohit, accused in the Malegaon blast.
He said the Sachar Committee report has proved that in
the past 20 years, only one per cent of backward Muslims have
benefited from the quota and "under the circumstances if we
speak on enhancing it, the issue should not be linked to
On the ongoing elections, he said his party is in direct
contest with the Samajwadi Party and BJP would finish a poor
While expressing happiness over the rise in voter
turnout, Singh said the increase reflected anti-incumbency
The youth has expressed faith in Rahul and the clean and
development-oriented politics that he is speaking about, he
said, adding it is not in favour of Samajwadi Party, the
memory of whose "goondaraj is still fresh in the minds of the
"The BJP is not in the race", he added.