New Delhi: Adding to the unpredictable contours of Uttar Pradesh politics, the Congress is no mood to open its cards during the seven phase polling in Uttar Pradesh. This can be gauged from the fact that the party is keeping distance from the other stake holding parties in the state- BSP, BJP and SP. It will stick to its strategy of taking dig at the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Sigh Yadav.
 
Giving a political twist, Mulayam Singh here on Wednesday showed inclination towards post poll alliance with the Congress to check BJP from coming to power in the state. However, if sources are to be believed Congress has given lukewarm response to the offer. The party will continue to take potshots at the SP.

In response to a volley of questions on the issue, party spokesperson, Renuka Chaudhary said, “Congress’ attitude on the issue will be "wait and watch". There has been no pre-poll pact between Congress and the Samajwadi Party. We have not arrived at post poll scenario as yet. We still have most phases of the polling left."

The Congress' reaction came close on the heels of Yadav telling an election rally at Hamirpur "there is a wave in favour of SP, which is going to form the next government in the state. If I see BJP coming to power, our party can support Congress in the state to prevent communal forces."

Congress is keeping its cards close to its chest on the issue of alliances in UP as it does not want to give an impression that it was a 'B team' of any other party.

Asked by a reporter if the Congress would like to go with Mulayam or BSP chief Mayawati in the post-poll scenario, Chowdhury sarcastically replied, "When the time will come, the party will consult you."

Commenting on BJP leader Uma Bharti’s statement on Priyanka Gandhi and her kids, Chaudhary said, “If Priyanka was begging for votes in Rae Bareli then what is she (Uma Bharti) doing in Uttar Pradesh dressed as a monk?”

JPN/Bureau