Dehra Dun: To help Congress break the impasse
on the leadership issue, the three-MLA strong BSP on Sunday offered "unconditional support" to it in Uttarakhand and
expressed desire to share power.
"On the direction of Mayawati, our party has decided to
give full support to Congress," state BSP President Surajmal
Congress with 32 MLAs in the 70-member House enjoys
support of three Independents and a lone UKD member to reach
the magic mark of 36.
The party has already staked claimed to form government
and Governor Margaret Alva said she would invite Congress once
it elects a new CLP leader.
Surajmal said his party would like to join the new
government. "We will like to share power with Congress," he
"As for the rest of the modalities regarding power
sharing, it can be chalked out with senior Congress leaders,"
BSP`s decision assumes significance as the three
supporting Independents have promised to back Congress only if
it made candidates of their choice the Chief Minister.
Since each Independent has his separate choice of
candidate for the top post, Congress is finding it difficult
to make the choice as the party itself is dogged by
factionalism over the leadership issue.
"We welcome the move by BSP to support Congress," state
Congress spokesman Surendra Kumar said.