Congress distances from Beni's view on tie up with BSP

Congress has clarified that Mr Verma's views are different from the party's position and are his personal opinion. Uttar Pradesh is set for a change of govt, according to exit polls which have predicted a rout for CM Mayawati, triggering reactions from political parties with Union Min and Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma pitching for a post-poll alliance with BSP. However, neither the predicted winners nor those projected not to be doing well have accepted the exit polls in full with each contesting the findings. Verma's views have been rejected as personal by Congress leaders including Pramod Tiwari, UP Congress Legislature Party chief, and party General Secretary Rashid Alvi.
Akhilesh Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is believed to have been the main campaigner in revival of fortunes of SP, expressed confidence that his party will get majority on its own and may not need Congress' support to form a government. He also said his father would be the chief minister in case the party gets to form the government. The exit polls conducted by TV channels have projected SP in the lead in a hung house while one channel has given Yadav's party a clear majority by predicting that it may get upto 210 seats in an assembly of 403 in UP.

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