Mayawati to announce decision on support to UPA

Mayawati, whose party has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha and is giving outside support to the UPA government along with Samajwadi Party’s 22 MPs.

Zeenews Bureau

Lucknow: All eyes will be on Bahujan Samaj Party’s national executive as it meets on Wednesday to decide on whether to continue its outside support to the Centre.

Mayawati, whose party has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha and is giving outside support to the government along with Samajwadi Party’s 22 MPs, had yesterday said the next Parliamentary polls slated to be held in 2014, may be advanced and asked her cadres to be ready for it.

Addressing BSP workers at a ’sankalp maharally’ to mark the sixth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram, she said, “It looks as if Lok Sabha polls could be held earlier.”

She attacked the government’s foreign and economic policies, saying its “anti—people” decisions have added to the woes of the people including the deprived, Dalits, minorities and farmers.

On the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, Mayawati left the door open on her party backing it.

“If the financial situation of farmers and small traders improves because of FDI, we could welcome it in future but currently we do not support it,” the BSP chief said.

However, analysts feel that it would be difficult for Mayawati to pull the plug and trigger the fall of UPA government at this juncture. It is only months since Samajwadi Party registered a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Mayawati would surely like to wait for some more months and then play on anti-incumbency with the hope to trounce Mulayam Singh’s party.

The SP is keeping a close watch on Mayawati’s decision. While the party claims that it is ready for polls it appears reluctant to be seen opposing the UPA at this juncture.

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