New Delhi: At a time when the Congress leadership is trying hard to keep the ruling coalition afloat, it has got assurance from Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that it will continue to provide its outside support to the UPA government.
According to sources, the Congress leadership has got this assurance from the BSP at a time when Trinamool Congress (TMC), the biggest constituent in the UPA government, has refused to lower its stand and Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav has his cards close to his chest.
Terming the Centre's decision to hike diesel price and allowing FDI in retail sector as 'anti-people', BSP had earlier said that it will take a final decision on continuing support to UPA on October 9 after a rally to commemorate party founder Kanshiram's sixth death anniversary.
She said BSP will hold a 'Maha Sankalp rally" on October 9 at Ramabai Ambedkar rally ground in Lucknow on the occasion of BSP founder Kanshiram's death anniversary.
Mayawati said the decision to hike diesel price and limit subsidised LPG gas has affected farmers, poor and middle- class people. Diesel price hike would result in price rise of essential commodities and make livelihood of lower strata of the society difficult.
Criticising FDI in retail, she said her party has been opposing the policy from the last one year.
Both Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party might be thoroughly opposed to the United Progressive Alliance government's recent decision to allow FDI in retail as well as the hike in diesel price, but neither of these parties are likely to immediately part ways with the UPA.
The two parties -- which have a huge support base in the country's most populous state Uttar Pradesh -- will continue extending 'external' support to the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in New Delhi.
First Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 15:02