Party won’t withdraw outside support to UPA: Mulayam Singh

Lucknow, 29th March: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that his party will not withdraw outside support to the Congress-led UPA government now.

The SP chief may have called the Congress “cheats” but speaking to an English news channel, the veteran politician said that he has no immediate plans to bring down the government. There has been no talk of withdrawing support to the government within the party, Mulayam said.

Mulayam’s assurance came a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the UPA faces coalition threats and that he cannot deny the “possibilities” of allies pulling out.

The SP chief further alleged that the Congress runs the government by controlling the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax department, and was never a trustworthy party.
He further said that as per his calculation, the next Lok Sabha Elections will be held this year itself.

Addressing party workers on Thursday in Lucknow, Yadav had said: “I have come to know about a confidential report which says that elections will be held in November. You people start preparing for them.”

The government has been in a tight spot after Trinamool Congress pulled out of the United Progressive Alliance and withdrew support to the government last year.

The trouble only increased when the DMK announced its withdrawal from the UPA earlier this month over the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils.

However, the government is at present dependent on outside support of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party for its survival.