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SP Parliamentary Party meet today to discuss support to government

PTI  New Delhi, March 10, 2010
First Published: 10:27 IST(10/3/2010) | Last Updated: 11:02 IST(10/3/2010)

After four of its Rajya Sabha MPs were suspended and evicted from the House for disrupting the discussion and passage of Women's Reservation Bill, SP Parliamentary Party will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to continue support to UPA government.

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Samajwadi Party had threatened to withdraw support to the Congress-led government if the Bill giving 33 per cent reservation in legislatures was passed in its present form and reservations were not given to Dalit and OBC.

Now that the Bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha and four of its members were evicted from the House by marshals, it is likely to take a call on whether it should immediately meet President Pratibha Patil and submit a letter withdrawing support to the government.

"The manner in which the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha today after evicting our MPs shows that the government can get it cleared in Lok Sabha also by throwing us out. We will decide our future strategy on it at tomorrow's meeting and see whether support needs to be withdrawn immediately or not," party's Chief Whip and Lok Sabha MP Shailendra Kumar said on Tuesday.

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