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Cong. says it will play crucial role in U.P.

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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi during a poll rally at Meerut on February 2, 2012. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi during a poll rally at Meerut on February 2, 2012. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

The Congress on Monday claimed it will play a crucial role in forming 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 Mr. Rahul Gandhi needed to take the blame if the party performed poorly in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. 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 U.P.),” he said.

Asked about Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma’s comments on supporting BSP, Mr. 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 U.P. 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”.

BJP should get a chance both in UP and Center ..

from:  BunTy
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 20:01 IST

Why is Anna Hazare keeping quite. Where is the Anna team. We need them badly these days.

from:  Santosh Kumar
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 19:40 IST

Surprising, how many bail out does Rahul needs to remain on the top of his "hereditory"congress party. The memory of Rahul's debacle in Bihar is not faded yet, and then comes the exit pole's result. The congress don't find anywhere even the number 50. What we have to see is that to which party it wants to be a junior coleague. Beni Prasad has rightly said, the congress'd be a junior partner to BSP, but the situation is even worse for BSP with supposed loss of over 100 seats from its 2007 peak, in this condition even Congress' help is not going to solve the problem. Mulayam has been on gaining in this election on the anti incumbancy matter, while BJP has lost its charm long back in UP. The future for Congress is bleak in the "heart" state. Two parties SP & BSP has to rule the state as long pnue to vote on the existieople of UP conting decades old pattern. I think they better learned lession from their eastern fellow Bihar!

from:  Anand Jha
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 19:13 IST

I dont think there is much difference between congress and SP in any
aspect. They are birds of the same feather. They will come together
tomorrow in case of hung assembly under the garb of secularism. Indeed
secularism has become a joke in India. Lets wait and see

from:  chinmay
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 19:03 IST

of course,congress, samajwadi party, bsp and bjp they will all make
coalition with one another once the results declares.hope sp and
congress will make partnership in UP if the result comes to their favour

from:  sonny moonjely
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 18:57 IST

Congress will never be able to establish Rahul as leader.

from:  Soumen Sengupta
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 18:38 IST

It's a clear message to Congress that Rahul Gandhi is not going get what it wants, it shows people are more matured that they no longer admire Gandhi family and now its time for Congress to look for others who can steer it. Its only the right thing for them to do it, as it infuse new strength and a new ideology that change political dynamics of this country.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 18:14 IST

I wish they would have said that the mandate has been given them to sit in opposition and they will follow it. Looks like the top brains of Congress are making mistakes one after another. Perhaps they are digging their own grave.

from:  Riju Singh
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 17:28 IST

What crucial role will they play? As promised by Mr Rahul Gandhi, if they get majority, they will make government or/otherwise they are not going to ally with any other party. So in case if Congress does not get magical number, what crucial role they can play? they should stop this rhetorical statement.

from:  Sumit
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 16:31 IST
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