Verma’s views on alliance with BSP personal: Congress

March 4th, 2012 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) Distancing itself from union minister Beni Prasad Verma’s suggestion to tie up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress Sunday termed it his personal view and said any decision on alliances will be taken by the party high command.

“The party’s line is clear… if we get a majority then we will form the government otherwise we will sit in the opposition. Whatever he (Verma) has said is his personal view,” state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters here.

She said that there was no discussion on any such alliance, noting that as head of the state unit, she would be the first to know it.

Joshi also expressed optimism about the Congress’ chances.

“We are not talking or thinking about any alliance now, as we are hopeful that people will give a good mandate in our favour,” she said.

Joshi also criticised the bad governance under BSP chief Chief Minister Mayawati’s rule.

Speaking in Delhi, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said: “After election results are announced, party high command and leadership seeing all conditions will take a call. We are confident that decision will be in our favour.”

Verma Sunday said that it is better for the Congress to forge an alliance with the BSP than join hands with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.

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