A day after Samajwadi Party dubbed as "imaginary" that it had expressed readiness to join the UPA government in case it dumps Trinamool Congress, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said he had offered "issue based support provided it drops TC from the alliance."
Asked at a press conference if reports that he had offered his party's support to UPA-II on condition that it drop Trinanmool Congress were true, he said, "They were indeed true. But our support will be issue-based."
Pointing out that the present UPA government's policies were against common people, he, however, said, "We have opposed their anti-people policies in the Lok Sabha. Our support to them will be based on consensus over issues like national security, price rise and plight of farmers."
He said his party, which has 20 members in the Lok Sabha, was 'tolerating' the UPA presently only to keep communal forces at bay.
The SP chief's comments comes after party spokesman Mohan Singh categorically said on Saturday, "We are not eager to join the UPA government, nor has there been any invitation to join it."
Asked about the Maoist issue and if the Centre was taking the right steps as far tackling the problem was concerned,
Mulayam Singh Yadav said the issue could not be resolved only by using force against them.
"Some demands of the Naxalites are justified. We have to talk to them and find out why these fratricidal killings are
taking place," he said.
Pointing out that Naxalites existed only in three or four places in Uttar Pradesh when he was Chief Minister, Yadav
said, "I held talks with them and solved their various problems like education and drinking water and also discussed
developmental issues. We have proved that problems can be solved through discussion."
All major parties were unanimous in their concern over the Maoist menace, but the government failed to convene an all-party meeting to find out ways to tackle the problem, the SP chief said.