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Mulayam plays wait-n-watch on support to UPA

Last Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:29

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh is once again playing the guessing game and keeping his cards close to his chest on the issue of supporting the crisis-ridden UPA government.

As per reports on Thursday, the SP leaders have postponed the meeting of the party’s parliamentary board, which was scheduled to take place this morning. Instead, the SP leaders will now decide on the issue at the party`s parliamentary board meeting later this evening after the Bharat Bandh.

The decision comes in the wake of Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress withdrawing support to the UPA after showing its strong disagreement for some big-ticket reforms announced by the Centre last week.

Mulayam Singh Yadav had on Wednesday said that his party would decide on its strategy on Thursday in the wake of Trinamool Congress withdrawing its support to the UPA government.

"On Thursday, there is a meeting of the Samajwadi Party`s parliamentary board, which will take a decision on the next move," Yadav told mediapersons in New Delhi.
Yadav also took a jibe at the ruling Congress Party, saying it will become weaker because of its stubborn behaviour. Further, lashing out at the UPA for burdening the common man and for being insensitive to the concerns of farmers, Singh said, "The government should get wise, what have they given to people of the country? There is too much pressure on the common man and the farmers."
The Congress-led UPA Government appears to be in trouble as of now following West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee`s declaration that the 19 MPs of Trinamool Congress, the second biggest constituent of the UPA, would be pulling out of the government.

The TMC`s decision has brought the UPA`s effective strength in the 545-seat Lok Sabha from 273 to 254, slightly below the halfway mark. Now, the ruling Congress is likely to rope in either the Samajwadi Party (SP) or Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), both of which extend outside legislative support to the UPA regime.

With PTI Inputs

First Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:29

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