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'Funeral procession' for SP after LS elections: Beni Prasad

PTI  Balrampur, March 30, 2013
First Published: 10:45 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 16:05 IST(30/3/2013)

Firing a fresh salvo at Samajwadi Party, Union minister Beni Prasad Verma has said that Mulayam Singh Yadav's party will win only four seats in the Lok Sabha polls and there will be a "funeral procession for the party.

Beni, who recently triggered a storm by stating that Yadav allegedly has "terrorist links", said "Congress will fight all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP 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," the Congress leader told reporters in Balrampur.

He was replying to questions on the prospects of various parties in UP in the next Lok Sabha polls.

The Union steel minister's remarks come at a time when Yadav has been breathing fire against the government.

Verma had recently angered the SP chief by his comments against him.

Yadav had then demanded his resignation during meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi following which Verma had expressed regret.

However, after a brief lull, Verma had on March 23 launched another tirade against the Samajwadi Party chief, saying those "serving family interest" cannot be termed as socialists.

Yadav had on Friday said he had no plans now to withdraw support to UPA.

"Right now withdrawing support has not been discussed in the party. Now there is no question of SP withdrawing support to the UPA government," he said yesterday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Thursday acknowledged the possibility of SP's withdrawal of support to UPA.

Samjawadi Party with 22 MPs is providing crucial outside support to the government.

Verma, who was addressing a 'Holi milan' function at Uttraula on Friday evening, alleged that the SP contested Gujarat Assembly elections to benefit chief minister Narendra Modi.

The minister alleged the state government was trying to take political mileage by distributing laptops from funds meant for the development of minorities and Dalits.

He said ensuring defeat of the SP and victory of Congress has become the objective of his life.

The Congress leader also alleged that the "state government was distributing cheques of Rs. 20 lakh to those involved in killing of DSP Zia-ul-Haq in Pratapgarh and history-sheeters".


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