Beni favours BSP over SP, stumps Congress
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Beni favours BSP over SP, stumps Congress
Last Updated: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 21:58
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Beni favours BSP over SP, stumps Congress

New Delhi/Lucknow: With exit polls predicting a hung Assembly in Uttar Pradesh, Beni Prasad Verma – Union Minister and senior Congress leader from the state – on Sunday caused a flutter in the party by favouring a tie-up with Mayawati's BSP, a comment from which the party quickly distanced itself.

Verma, who quit Samajwadi Party in 2007 following differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav, said he would personally prefer BSP to SP, which he dubbed as a "party of goons".

"The key to form the state government is with Congress and Congress for sure will form the government. If we have to form an alliance, I would personally prefer BSP. SP is a party of goons...BSP is a party of Dalits," he said.

Getting into a damage-control mode, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "Whatever Verma said was his personal opinion. The party high command will take a decision after taking into account all the aspects only after results are out on March 6."

In Lucknow, state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi too said Verma's remarks were his personal view. "We will stake claim to form the government if we get majority, otherwise we will prefer to sit in the opposition," she said.

She said the results would be different from what has been shown in the exit polls which had placed SP in the No 1 position followed by BSP, BJP and Congress.

In Bhopal, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh trashed the results thrown up by the exit polls, predicting "astonishing" gains for the party in UP.

Asked whether he was ruling out any tie-up between Congress and BSP, Alvi said, "I do not want to answer a hypothetical question. Wait for results. Congress will take a decision when results are out and we are hopeful that results will be in our favour."

Verma's views have been rejected as personal by UP Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari too.

Joshi said her party was also analysing the post-poll situation but it was too early to say anything.

"It's too early....Let's wait for March 6 (counting date). We have done our job on the ground and are hopeful of good results. I don't trust exit polls," she said.

Taking a line contrary to what Congress has maintained about worsening law and order situation in UP, Prasad said, "Personally, I prefer BSP in comparison to SP. Mayawati has controlled lawlessness from Kanpur to Etah. This is my personal opinion."

Digvijay Singh also attacked the SP. "People of UP have not forgotten what they suffered in 2002-07 (during SP rule)," he said.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi did not want to hazard any guess on the poll outcome. "Enough elections have taught us endless number of times not to rely on exit or opinion polls...we are confident (about our performance) and it is not based on quick sands of exit polls," he said.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid also appeared to ignore Verma's statement.

Asked to comment on the remark, Khurshid said he did not know in what context Verma had said it.

He said the party and the leaders would wait for the results on March 6 before deciding the future course.

PTI

 
First Published: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 17:58
 
 

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A S Bagga - Udaipur
in election of up all ``nakabs/ on face of congress as well cloths on their body stripped off in front of public. simple to say the congress is the communal party, supporting corruption as well spreading it. the congress leaders no attachment with public & want to suck blood of public. people should not support them for the sake of unity of country. people should demand total removal of cast based reservation from constitution
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Dinesh Prasad Gupta. Ex-I.N.(Retd) - Daltonganj
congress has no morale.
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