New Delhi: Congress on Monday claimed it will
play a crucial role in formation of the next government in
Uttar Pradesh and dismissed as personal views Union Minister
Beni Prasad Verma`s suggestions for a tie-up with BSP.
"We will cross the bridge when we come to it. The
results have not yet come... ," Congress leader and Union
Minister Rajeev Shukla told reporters on the sidelines of an
All-party meeting convened by Speaker Meira Kumar ahead of the
Budget Session of Parliament commencing on March 12.
Rejecting as "hypothetical" suggestions that Rahul Gandhi
needed to take the blame if the party performed poorly in
Uttar Pradesh, Shukla said party`s performance will be "very
good" and the results will lead to revival of the party.
"To talk about the results before they are out is
hypothetical. Congress will have a crucial role in government
formation (in UP)," he said.
Asked about Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma`s comments
on supporting BSP, Shukla said, "Those are not party`s views.
He must have said in his personal capacity."
Speaking separately, Samajwadi Party leader Shailendra
Kumar said that his party would form the government in UP
having a 403-member Assembly even if "we get 165 seats".
"We will get a clear majority but even if we fall short
of 20-25 seats, we will get support from secular parties....
It is for the Congress to ponder over and decide," he said,
when asked whether Congress will support it.
In an obvious reference to the Congress-led UPA at the
Centre, he said the SP has supported the Congress on several
issues and also opposed it on some others and "we expect the
same from the secular forces".