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Cong declares virtual ceasefire with Mayawati

With BSP bolstering the government ahead of voting on opposition-sponsored cut motion in Lok Sabha, Congress on Tuesday virtually declared a ceasefire against the Mayawati-led party it had once described as `enemy No one` in UP.



New Delhi: With BSP bolstering the
government ahead of voting on opposition-sponsored cut motion
in Lok Sabha, Congress on Tuesday virtually declared a ceasefire
against the Mayawati-led party it had once described as
`enemy No one` in UP.

"In order to keep communal forces at bay, support is
available to the government. We are confident of defeating
the cut motion," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said,
sidestepping questions whether the party still considered the
BSP as enemy No one in UP.
Asked whether the party would thank Mayawati for her
support to the government, Natarajan said, "it is not for me
to thank anybody".

Reminded about the strong comments of the party against
Mayawati government on a host of issues like Dalit memorials
and alleged misutilisation of funds under MGREGA, the
spokesperson said "politics is a dynamic exercise" and
whatever was said at that time was in a different context.

"We have nothing further to add on what we have said,"
she said when asked whether memorials, statues and funds of
MGREGA were still an issue with BSP.

To a query on what would be the political strategy of the
party in Uttar Pradesh after Mayawati extended support to the
government on the cut motion, Natarajan said the party`s
strategy would be revealed when the time comes.

She rejected the charge that Congress adopts
`use-and-throw` policy as regards the support of political
parties.
"Congress comes together with others on the basis of
issues, not expediency," Natarajan said. She also rubbished
the charge that the party miusused CBI by asking it to go slow
against the UP chief minister in the disproportionate
assets case.

"We do not misuse CBI. It is an autonomous, independent
body," she added.

PTI

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