Cong, BJP to sit in Opposition if no majority
The Congress and the BJP on Monday declared that they will sit in the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh if they do not not get majority, a stand that could make government formation a difficult task in case of a hung verdict on Tuesday.
Samajwadi Party, which is predicted by exit polls to emerge the single largest party, is hopeful that it would get a majority on its own and was confident that it may not need the support of others.
However, even as the Congress high command appears to have snubbed him for voicing the view that BSP would be a better ally, Union minister Beni Prasad Verma stuck to his stand that the party should have no truck with the SP, which he had left a few years ago on differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Akhilesh Yadav, who led a spirited campaign in reviving the SP's fortunes, maintained that it would be his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who would be the chief minister if it gets a majority.
A day after Verma created a flutter in the party by pitching for a tieup with BSP, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that the party will sit in the opposition if it does not get a majority.
"Congress will form a government if it gets majority. It will sit in the Opposition if it does not. The party has not changed its position so far. It is the democratic spirit," Dwivedi told reporters on the eve of counting of votes in UP and four other states.