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‘Only issue-based support to UPA’

india Updated: May 15, 2010 23:47 IST

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After helping the UPA to breeze through the cut motions in the Lok Sabha, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said his party would continue to extend “issue-based” support to the Congress-led coalition.

“Samajwadi Party will continue to give issue-based support to the UPA government though on people’s issues it will continue to register its protest,” Yadav told reporters.

The SP with 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha had bailed out the UPA during voting on the cut motions on April 27 by staging a walkout.

On the chances of evolving a Third Front, he said as of now he was not making any efforts in this regard and has not talked with any political party.

Yadav parried a question whether sitting SP member in the Rajya Sabha Jaya Bachchan would be renominated on expiry of her tenure shortly, saying these matters are decided by the party’s parliamentary board that will meet on May 30.

Speculation is rife that SP may field its national spokesperson Mohan Singh to one of two Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh falling vacant, making chances of Bachchan’s renomination dim, more so because of her close links with expelled party leader Amar Singh.

Yadav ruled out the return of Amar Singh to the party fold saying, “Amar chapter of the party has come to an end.”

Criticising the Mayawati government in the state, Yadav said imposition of President’s rule was the only solution to the prevailing problems in the state.

“There is a Constitutional crisis in the state. The government does not take action even on the letters written by the governor,” Yadav said.

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