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Friday 16 March 2012

Samajwadi support pledge 

Samajwadi support pledge

New Delhi, March 13: The Samajwadi Party today said it would not pull the rug from under the UPA at any cost, the assurance coming on a day ally Trinamul opted to send a low-profile MP for a dinner thrown by the Prime Minister.
"Ye government apna poora karya kaal poora karegi. Hum madhyawadhi chunav nahi chahte. Hum kisi bhi keemat par is sarkar ko girne nahi denge (This government will complete its full term. We don't want mid-term elections. We will not allow this government to fall at any cost)," Shailendra Kumar, the Samajwadi chief whip in the Lok Sabha, said while replying to the motion of thanks to the President's address.
Kumar also sought to snub the BJP for desperately seeking a mid-term election, baring party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's fears about being seen as helping "communal forces" to destabilise the UPA government.
"You want early elections to come to power. It will not happen…. You (BJP) still have to struggle more to come to power," Kumar told the BJP benches as members prodded him to speak about mid-term polls.
The Samajwadi assurance came on a day Trinamul chose to snub the Prime Minister by sending a low-profile MP, Ratna De Nag, for a dinner thrown by him for UPA partners.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister-designate Akhilesh Yadav too voiced support for the UPA. "Our party's support is there and it will continue… UP's electorate has given SP the majority to take the state forward on the road to development. Majority has not been given to us to bring down the central government," he told PTI.
Akhilesh clarified that the Samajwadi was not engaged in building any kind of "third or any front", as he came out of the CPM headquarters after inviting Prakash Karat and others for his swearing-in on Thursday.
"This is just a courtesy call to invite political leaders for my swearing-in ceremony. There is no question of any third or fourth front," he said.
Samajwadi sources said the party was wary of being seen as rocking the UPA to make way for the BJP, as it would send a wrong signal to the Samajwadi Muslim base in Uttar Pradesh. Party leaders said the priority for Mulayam and Akhilesh was to consolidate the heartland victory through good governance and not devote energy to destabilise the UPA.
"If the Muslims feel we have helped the BJP to come to power, it would prove suicidal for our electoral politics," said a senior Samajwadi leader.
Even Left leaders who had worked to pull down UPA-I over the Indo-US nuke deal trashed talk about a third front.
"As things stand today, there is no threat to the government. SP and BSP are extending outside support, and unless that changes the government has no threat," CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.
Another Left leader expressed the inclination to come to the Congress's rescue for the presidential election if Trinamul played tough.
"We are open to the idea of supporting the Congress presidential candidate provided the candidate is acceptable to us. We have done that in the past," he said.

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