BSP to back UPA on cut motion: Mayawati
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati said her party would support the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the cut motion expected to be moved in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
"In the wake of soaring prices and wrong and faulty economic policies of the central government, we should have voted against the UPA government but it would strengthen communal forces to attain power in the centre. Taking this into account, we have opted to support the government," she said.
Responding to speculation that her pro-UPA stand over the cut motion was linked to the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) indicating a re-look into the disproportionate assets case against her, Mayawati said: "The decision has nothing to with CBI. It's just to keep communal forces at bay from the centre."
While backing the government on the cut motion, Mayawati, however, also launched a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA and said it must reframe its policies taking into account the interests of the poor and the downtrodden.
"If necessary steps are not taken by the central government, the country's condition would worsen further. It is high time the government takes adequate measures to contain ever-rising inflation."
Accusing the central government of ignoring the interests of the common person, Mayawati said: "The central government is bound to reply to the citizens of the country over soaring prices of sugar, wheat, rice despite the fact that their production in comparison to last year has gone up this year."
She announced that her party would continue its fight against the Congress-led UPA over inflation.
"We would continue with our struggle against the central government over poverty, price rise, unemployment and other policies adversely affecting the public."
Reiterating that the central government was not keen on the all-round development of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said: "Not a single penny has been released by the centre for the Rs. 80,000 crore special package we had demanded for undertaking developmental schemes in the state.
"In fact, the central government should draw inspiration from the state government, which has continued to take up developmental projects even with limited resources."
The Maoist movement, she said, was a fallout of the wrong policies of the central government. "Naxalism is a byproduct of faulty economic policies that have led to poverty, hunger and unemployment in the country.
"Considering all this, the government now must realise that it cannot fight the Naxal menace by bullets or bombings from the air; instead, it should be fought on a social and economic front," she added.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as well as the Left parties and some others are set to move cut motions in the Lok Sabha on the budget proposals to hike prices of fuels and fertilisers but the treasury is confident of passing the test of strength.
When budget proposals are presented in parliament for approval, a lawmaker or a party can question specific allocations with a cut motion. If it is carried in the house, it amounts to a vote of no confidence and the government is obliged to quit.