New Delhi: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday confirmed that Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) were lending support to UPA-II and there is no threat to the Congress-led government at the centre.
On a day when Trinamool Congress is set to withdraw support to the UPA government, Bansal’s statement assumes great significance as it puts to rest all reports of government running out of numbers in Lok Sabha after Mamata Banerjee decision to quit the ruling coalition.
Earlier, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that his party will continue to lend outside support to the Congress-led government.
“Our support is clear. We will not let communal forces come to power. That is why I am supporting. I am not in UPA. But we are supporting so that communal forces do not go ahead,” Mulayam said.
However, BSP is yet to make any announcement on the issue. Mayawati had earlier announced that she will spell out her party’s stand on October 09.
The trouble started for the Congress-led UPA Government after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that 19 Trinamool Congress MPs would tender their resignation on Friday.
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, with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP assuring outside support to it there seems to be no immediate threat to the UPA regime.