Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the decision to join the UPA government at the Centre in the changed political scenario would be taken by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"Any decision to join or not to join the UPA government will be taken by netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). He is going to Delhi and will decide on the SP stand regarding joining UPA", Akhilesh told reporters at Rajbhawan after oath ceremony.
He was asked to comment on the reported statement of Congress leader Digvijay Singh that SP could join the UPA government.
"The relation of SP with Congress will be decided by Mulayam. SP had given support to Congress-led UP but did not join the government earlier", Akhilesh added.
Senior SP leader and cabinet minister Azam Khan when asked on the issue, said, a party like SP does not take any political decision on statements issued in media. "We have not taken any cognisance of it (Dijvijay's statement)".
"Whether SP will join UPA or not will be a big decision and statements issued on this by Congress in media was not a good practice", he said.
"Congress should stop issuance of irresponsible statements in media on the issue", he added.
Asked about the party's response if Congress president Sonia Gandhi invites SP for joining UPA, Khan said that the decision could not be taken at media's behest.
Meanwhile in Delhi, Samajwadi Parliamentary Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav sought to frown upon Digvijay Singh's statement suggesting that it join the UPA government in the
backdrop of the travails of the coalition at the hands of the Trinamool Congress.
"Who is Digvijay Singh? In what capacity he has done it (made the statement). Is he the Prime Minister?... What is there to comment. You imagine something. You continue to
imagine. There is nothing on it," Yadav told a news agency when asked about his reaction over Singh's statement that he will have "no objection" to SP joining the government.
SP has 22 members in the Lok Sabha and Congress had given hints before the Uttar Pradesh polls that it would be willing to do business with the party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav as Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has been turning up the heat on it and the Centre on a variety of issues.
Trinamool is at present the second largest party in the UPA coalition after the Congress and has 19 members in the Lok Sabha.
"I have no objection to their (the SP's) joining the government. While any decision on the SP joining the government will be taken at the government of India level, it will not affect our prospects in UP. In 2014 also, we will be fighting on our own and not with the SP or any other party," Singh had said in an interview.
Singh, who is in charge of Congress affairs in UP, said that an SP-Congress alliance at the centre would have no bearing on the Congress' prospects in the 2014 Lok Sabha
elections, which it would in any case contest alone.
First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 14:00