Lanka deadlock: SP plays bargain game; BSP, TMC offer support
New Delhi: With the government failing to break the deadlock on Sri Lanka resolution issue, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday appeared to be striking a hard bargain with the ruling Congress.
Though the Congress said today that the "ego war" between Beni Prasad Verma and Mulayam Singh Yadav was almost over with the Steel Minister expressing regret over his remarks, the SP continued to press for his ouster from the government.
"The SP parliamentary party will met Thursday morning to decide on Verma's regret," SP MP Shailendra Kumar told reporters.
The SP chief, whose support to the UPA government has become crucial after the DMK's exit from the coalition, has been demanding Verma's resignation, indicating that the issue might not be resolved soon.
Verma's resignation was sought after he publicly rebuked Yadav. SP members alleged that Verma said Yadav received "commission" for supporting the central government. Earlier at a rally in his constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Verma reportedly said Yadav had links with terrorists.
At the all-party meeting called by the Lok Sabha Speaker, the DMK and AIADMK were virtually isolated after all other parties opposed any move to condemn Sri Lanka in Parliament over rights abuses.
As per reports, almost all other parties came out against any denunciation of Sri Lanka, an issue that has affected Parliament's functioning in recent days.
Only the DMK and AIADMK favoured the resolution.
Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath later said, "We discussed ways to end the parliament impasse. We could not arrive at a solution. No consensus emerged."
The Samajwadi Party fiercely opposed the move to pass a resolution targeting a specific country.
"It is not proper to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka in parliament," Rewati Raman Singh told reporters.
Meanwhile, in a big relief to the ruling UPA government, its
estranged ally Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today promised to support the Centre on whatever stand it took on Sri Lankan Tamils issue at the UNHRC.
"Our party supports the cause of the Tamil brothers and sisters. We are deeply concerned about the atrocities meted out to a section of Tamil population in a foreign country," Banerjee wrote in a Facebook post.
"We are always with our Tamil brothers. We appreciate their concerns. This is the local sentiment. We appreciate their sentiment also," Banerjee said here.
She said, "A government at the Centre may go and another government may come, but foreign policy is made keeping in mind the interest of the country.
Importantly, the BSP led by Mayawati today said it will continue to support the government from outside but will not join it.
"We will not be part of the government. We did not join it earlier and even now, we will not be part of it. We will continue to support it from outside," BSP supremo Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament House. She was asked whether BSP will join the government after the exit of DMK. "Let me make it clear that we do not support the anti- dalit policies of UPA and there are several issues on which we do not support UPA but despite that, we extend support to it from outside to weaken the communal forces," Mayawati said.
She said BSP was not supporting UPA for any benefit as was being alleged by some parties in NDA fold.
"No one can point fingers at us on this issue. We are not giving outside support to UPA for any greed. Some opposition parties belonging to NDA keep saying that Congress is using the CBI and BSP is supporting it because of it. This is totally wrong," the BSP chief said.
The NCP too expressed optimism that the government will wriggle out of the political crisis triggered by the DMK pulling out of the government.
"The government has been confronted with a similar situation earlier also and we faced it diligently," senior party leader Tariq Anwar told reporters outside Parliament.
Anwar dismissed suggestions that they would fight the forthcoming elections separately, saying their relations with Congress were intact.
Asked if his party would support the resolution on Sri Lanka, he said, "I believe the government will talk to other parties to build a consensus. We will talk then. We will not take any step which is against the interest of the country".
He said as the present issue is an international matter linked to Tamil Nadu, his party will take a decision keeping national interest and the country's foreign policy in mind.