`Never stated that SP would form next govt in UP`

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 16:43

New Delhi: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Tuesday
clarified that he had never stated that Samajwadi Party would
form the next government in Uttar Pradesh.

Referring to his remarks that appeared in various media
recently, Gandhi said he had merely predicted the complete
meltdown of the BSP in the current elections, from which other
parties including the BJP would gain.

"I would like to clarify that media reporting of certain
statements attributed to me are both incorrect and
mischievous. I have never stated that SP would form the next
government in Uttar Pradesh.

"I merely predicted the complete meltdown of the BSP in
this election and further theorized, that by implication, the
seats of other parties may rise," he said here in a statement.

He said he was not a psephologist and had made the remarks
only after getting reports from the media, which suggested
that BJP was set to make substantial gains in the state and SP
would also fare better in the 2012 assembly polls in the state
as compared to last time.

"The only reports I was getting were from the media via
exit polls which seemed to suggest that the vote share and
seats of the BJP would rise considerably and even the SP would
do better than 2007.

"I am not a psephologist and am not interested in
predicting election results," he said.

On his comments about BJP having 55 chief Minister
aspirants, Gandhi said, "...I never stated that the BJP had 55
CM aspirants merely stating that unlike the Congress which had
a paucity of state leadership, the BJP had at least 55 people
who`s leadership was both accepted and respected in the
state."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 16:43

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