In a post poll scenario where no party is untouchable, Congress, eyeing on BSP, on Wednesday outrightly rejected the Samajwadi Party’s demand for dismissal of Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh which it had set as the price of party’s support in the formation of the government at the Centre.
“There is no question of dismissing a duly elected state government. How is it possible? It is not constitutionally possible,” Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, Digvijay Singh said when asked whether Congress was mulling to dismiss Mayawati government.
Over the alleged report of Congress reaching out to the SP national general secretary and well-known Muslim face Azam Khan, Singh tactfully said that Azam Khan is a grass root leader of SP. There is some resentment among SP leaders over nominating Jaya Prada from Rampur as a candidate for Lok Sabha poll.
When all the major national parties looking upon every regional party as a possible post-poll ally, Congress, too, appears ready to join hands with a party it had described as “casteist” in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
Singh clarified that his party only considers BJP and Shiv Sena as communal because of their religion based politics and it will have no truck with them. Justifying his party’s change of heart vis-à-vis BSP, the general secretary said that “politics is the art of possible”.
On the other hand, SP general secretary Amar Singh accused Congress of playing double standard.
“I have been saying since the beginning that the Congress is in touch with the BSP through Governor Rajeswar. This is called track-II politics,” he said.
He also criticised Congress for shifting stand with regard to JD (U). First, Rahul dubbed Nitish a secular and later Manmohan Singh doubts his secular credentials; this is nothing but Congress’ flip-flop politics, Amar Singh said.
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