Congress today snubbed Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma,making it clear it would sit in the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh if it did not get majority.
“Congress will form a government if it gets majority. It will sit in the Opposition if it does not. The party has not changed its position so far,” party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters on the eve of counting of votes in U P and four other states.
Dwivedi,who is also AICC Media Department Chairman,sought to silence leaders like Verma who have given “individual” views on the issue. Verma created a flutter with his remarks that the BSP would be a better ally for the Congress if it did not get majority.
“Individuals may have different views but decision is that of the party,which is binding on all. It is also true in the case of Uttar Pradesh,” Dwivedi said.
His remarks also came in the wake of remarks by party MP P L Punia,a friend-turned-foe of BSP supremo Mayawati,who has vehemently ruled out any post-poll tie-up with the BSP. He has dismissed Verma’s remarks as “absolutely personal”.
Verma is a known detractor of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. He was a close associate of Yadav a few years ago. Punia was the pointsman of Mayawati having been her Principal Secretary when she was chief minister earlier.
Union Minister Rajeev Shukla claimed the Congress would play a crucial role in the formation of the next government in Uttar Pradesh
“We will cross the bridge when we come to it. The results have not yet come… To talk about the results before they are out is hypothetical. Congress will have a crucial role in government formation (in UP),” Shukla told reporters separately.