In wake of the derogatory remarks made by the Union steel minister against Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday alleged that the Congress's fate can easily be determined when its leaders like Beni Prasad Verma attempt to be elections experts.
"The fate of the Congress Party can easily be determined when its leaders like Beni Prasad Verma attempt to be elections experts," said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) earlier in the day hit back at Verma, saying the Union steel minister held a grudge against the party for two successive defeats of his son Rakesh in the assembly polls.
"Verma is a senior person. He had been associated with SP for a long time. We understand his grudge against the party as his son has lost twice to SP candidates (in assembly polls). We also know he (Verma) lost the assembly poll from Ayodhya and managed only 400 votes," said Samajwadi Party general secretary and national spokesperson Ram Gopal Yadav.
Another Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Asrey Kushwaha said that it was 'unfortunate' that a person like him was made a minister, and demanded his immediate removal from the government.
"I think the media should also not take Beni Prasad Verma's statements into consideration. I request the Prime Minister of India and Sonia Gandhi (Congress president) to remove him from his post. I think it is highly unfortunate that Verma, being a cabinet minister can issue such statements," he told the media in Lucknow.
Verma, who recently triggered a controversy by stating that Mulayam Singh Yadav allegedly has 'terrorist links', said the Congress will fight all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and will win 40.
"We will not let BJP win more than 10 seats. Behenji (Mayawati) will win 36. And of whom you are talking about (SP) will win four seats and there will be a funeral procession for that party," he told mediapersons in Balrampur.
Verma had recently angered Mulayam Singh Yadav by his comments against him.
Yadav had then demanded his resignation during meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi following which Verma had expressed regret.
The Union steel minister's remark comes at a time when the Samajwadi Party supremo has been critical of the Congress-led UPA II Government.