With a new political alignment taking shape in UP following BJP leader Kalyan Singh quitting the party and deciding to campaign for the SP,an unperturbed Congress on Wednesday said that the matter was between the SP and the former UP Chief Minister and the party had nothing to do with it.
“It is between the Samajwadi Party and Kalyan Singh. Friendly relations of SP with someone else is their (SP) concern. We have nothing to do with it…” party spokesperson Jayanthi Natrajan told reporters in New Delhi.
To a volley of questions whether the Congress would feel “uncomfortable” in an alliance with SP in which the former BJP leader was a part,Natrajan said,”the alliance with SP will be as per our ideals… the High command will take a decision”.
Asked whether the tie-up with SP is still on as Kalyan Singh was the Chief Minister of UP when the Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6,1992,the spokesperson said,”Nobody’s political past or future is being discussed here. He was the CM when Babri Masjid was demolished. This is a fact”.
To a query whether the Congress would campaign for Kalyan Singh,Natrajan said,”I will not answer a hypothetical question”.
While the former BJP leader has announced that he will campaign for the party,his son Rajbir Singh formally joined the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party ahead of the general elections in the politically crucial state of UP which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.
Natrajan said that the party wanted to win as many seats as possible in UP and side stepped more queries on the impact of the new political alignment in UP on Congress.