"We are not in the business of marking numbers. The Samajwadi Party has got the mandate of people in Uttar Pradesh. We are keeping a watch on the situation," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
He was asked as to what has been the Congress assessment of the Yadav government which completed 100 days in office today.
Tewari's cautious attitude indicated that the leadership has given signals that it does not want any problems with allies over statements by party leaders.
This was because only yesterday Congress leader Rashid Alvi had sparked off a controversy by dubbing Mulayam Singh Yadav as the "biggest agent" of BJP, attracting instant disapproval from the AICC.
Tewari's cautious tone was reflectd on questions concerning the Trinamool Congress too. Asked whether Mamata Banerjee's party will remain an ally of the UPA even if the party votes against Mukherjee in the Presidential poll, he said, "spokespersons are trained not to answer questions that begin with an 'if'."
New Delhi: In an apparent move to keep the Samajwadi Party in good humour ahead of the Presidential polls, Congress on Friday avoided passing any value judgment on the 100-day rule of Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh.
First Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 20:57