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.
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.
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
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".
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".