New Delhi: Facing unstinting attacks from the coalition partner Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool, the Congress may be expecting some solace in going with the Samajwadi Party for the 2014 general elections but the latter seems to be not much keen in this regard.

The SP has made it clear that neither will the party join the government nor is willing to get the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. However, the SP vehemently said that it will continue to support the Congress-led UPA government without throwing spanner into the functioning.

According to the sources, the Samajwadi Party has emerged as a true friend of the Congress and does not want to land the party in a soup, especially when the UPA government has been plagued by corruption and scams earning the wrath of the Opposition.

Moreover, the SP has to walk a tight rope as it has promised for the upliftment of farmers after coming to power, while the Centre has signaled the rise in diesel prices in the recent budget. So, the party is playing safe by keeping a distance with the Congress.

According to party sources, there is no point joining the government as the Congress has never extended olive branch to the SP in the past. Instead, the Congress was busy targeting the Samajwadi Party during poll campaigns.

SP general secretary Prof Ramgopal Yadav rubbished the speculations of becoming the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha by striking friendly note with the Congress. Talking to Dainik Jagran, Yadav said, “There is no question of becoming the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. This would not be possible. The priority of the Samajwadi Party is to run a successful government in UP and strengthening the party in the state and not to get involved in other’s faults.”

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Uttar Pradesh party chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi have vehemently praised the Samajwadi Party for supporting the Congress.

(JPN/Bureau)