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BSP refuses to share its stand on finance

delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2010 15:25 IST

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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday refused to divulge its stand on the finance bill that will come up during the ongoing session of Parliament.

"We will decide later," Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP general secretary and a close aide of party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, told IANS when asked if it would move a cut motion alongwith other Opposition parties seeking roll back of the fuel and fertiliser price hike.

The BSP has 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left have already announced that they would bring cut motions.

On April 12, the BSP had stayed away from a meeting of 13 opposition parties, held here to chalk out a strategy of a cut motion in the Lok Sabha.

The BSP refused to attend the meeting as Mayawati's arch-rival Mulayam Singh Yadav was also invited.

Sources in the government said the finance bill is likely to be taken up April 27, the day the non-BJP opposition parties have called for a nationwide shutdown against the price rise.

In a bid to ensure that the bill is passed without any hitch, the Congress has issued a whip asking all its MPs to be present for seven days of the Lok Sabha proceedings starting April 20.

When the budget proposals are presented before parliament for approval, an MP can question a budgetary allocation in the form of a cut motion. If that is implemented, it amounts to a vote of no confidence in the government.