SP to extend issue-based support to UPA: Mulayam

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his party would continue to extend issue-based support UPA.

Updated: May 15, 2010, 14:14 PM IST

Ballia: After helping the UPA to breeze through the cut motions in the Lok Sabha, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said his party would continue to extend "issue-based" support to the Congress-led coalition.

"Samajwadi Party will continue to give issue-based
support to the UPA government though on people`s issues it
will continue to register its protest," Yadav told reporters.

SP with 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha had bailed out the UPA
during voting on the cut motions on April 27 by staging a

Asked about chances of evolving a Third Front, Yadav
said as of now he was not making any efforts in this regard
and has not talked with any political party. SP was a key ally
of the erstwhile United Front government at the Centre.

Yadav parried a question whether sitting SP member in
the Rajya Sabha Jaya Bachchan would be renominated on expiry
of her tenure shortly, saying these matters are decided by the
party`s parliamentary board which will meet on May 30.

Speculation is rife in party circles that SP may
field its national spokesperson Mohan Singh to one of two
Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh falling vacant, making
chances of Bachchan`s renomination dim, more so because of her
close links with expelled party leader Amar Singh.

To another question, Yadav ruled out return of Amar
Singh to the party fold saying, "Amar chapter of the party has
come to an end."

Singh was expelled from the party on February 2 on
grounds of indulging in anti-party activities.

Criticising the Mayawati government in the state, the
SP chief said imposition of President`s rule was the only
solution to the prevailing problems in the state.

"There is a Constitutional crisis in the state. The
government does not take action even on the letters written by
the Governor. A majority of ministers in the government have
criminal background and the law and order situation is
dismal," Yadav said.

The SP chief termed as an eyewash the action
initiated by the chief minister against criminals in her party
and asked her to release the list of those against whom she
has taken action so far.