Hyderaba: Amid talks of a hung assembly, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday evaded a direct answer on the possibility of post-poll alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) saying his focus now is "to win more and more seats" in Uttar Pradesh.
"This question can only be answered on 11 March when the results come because first of all, I (AIMIM) have to win seats. We will decide when the verdict comes," he said while talking to PTI.
Hinting that Mayawati's BSP will emerge victorious in Uttar Pradesh, Owaisi said he foresaw both the ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP losing at the hustings.
"I definitely foresee Samajwadi Party losing along with BJP", he said.
Owaisi alleged that during their five-year and nearly three-year tenures respectively, SP in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP at the Centre have failed in governance, and in controlling communalism and providing jobs.
"They (SP and BJP) have been failures so far," he said.
Asaduddin Owaisi, who respresents Hyderabad in the Parliament, has fielded AIMIM candidates for the first time in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The AIMIM had earlier participated in local elections and won seats.
The AIMIM, originally based in Hyderabad, also contested state polls in Maharashtra and Bihar. While the party won two seats in Maharashtra, it could not garner support for the party candidates in Bihar.
Owaisi is criss-crossing Uttar Pradesh and addressing rallies almost on daily basis to win support of the people. His rallies are attended by large number of people. But, results on March 11 will only show if the crowd in his rallies is converted into votes.
Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday while addressing a ally in Masasi, Pathardeva Deoria district highlighted the party's Telangana success story and work done by his MLAs in the state to seek votes in Uttar Pradesh.
Urging the people of Uttar Pradesh to vote for the AIMIM candidates, Asaduddin Owaisi said though his party has just seven legislators in Telangana, he has ensured that the state government opened 70 residential schools for Muslims to study.
"Over 12,000 students are enrolled here and food, uniforms and other facilities were available free of cost," he said while exhorting the people to vote for AIMIM candidates who are in the fray in 40 assembly constituencies.