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Congress hints at no post- poll pact in UP


Lucknow The Congress would prefer to sit in the Opposition in case it fell short of numbers in the election to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly than supporting any other party, senior leader Digvijay Singh has said.

He also raised questio

ns over the possibility of Congress ally RLD heading the government in case the combine gets majority.

” We would not extend support to any other party and prefer sitting in the Opposition ( in case party fell short of numbers)”, he told PTI. The senior Congress leader, who is in- charge of party affairs in the state, claimed that his party would get majority and form the next government.

Asked to comment on party leader Pervez Hashmi reportedly backing the claim of RLDs Jayant Chaudhary as chief ministerial candidate, Singh wondered as to how the leader of a party contesting only 46 seats can stake claim to the highest post.

” RLD is only contesting 46 seats in the 403- member House… how can the leader of a party contesting these number of seats become the Chief Minister”, he said.

” Had RLD led by Ajit Singh merged with the Congress before the elections, chances of such a possibility would have increased because then the Congress Legislature Party would have considered it”, Singh said.

Coming to the defence of Union Ministers Salman Khurshid and Beni Prasad Verma, who have made promises on enhancing Muslim quota during electioneering, Singh made light of the remarks saying in a highly emotional campaign, ” such things happen”. ” It should not be taken as violation of code of conduct as it was the reassertion of the promise made in the party manifesto… If one is not allowed to speak on the manifesto what would the leader say during campaigning”, he asked.

Singh, however, said that in the case of Khurshid, the EC had felt that when he made the statement, the manifesto was not released.

Singh alleged that the media has given unnecessary hype to ministersalt39 statements on Batla House encounter and Muslim reservation issues but did not raise the matter of BJP leader L K Advani meeting the Prime Minister for ” saving” Sadhvi Pragya and Colonel Purohit, accused in the Malegaon blast.

According to general secretary Digvijay Singh, Cong will sit in the oppn if it fails to get the numbers to form a govt of its own