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Possibility of Cong-BSP pact worries Mulayam
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 16
Thanks to the Samajwadi Party supremo and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh is set to emerge as a major factor in the post-Lok Sabha election scenario again.

Mr Yadav, who is ensuring that the Lok Sabha election remains a four-cornered contest, has opposed an alliance between the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party fearing that the combination between the two would harm the political interests of the SP in the state.

The recent decision of the UP government to dismantle four administrative divisions and nine districts including that of Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida), was also part of the same gameplan as Mr Yadav knows fully well that the BSPís support base has to be eroded.

Mr Yadav would like that the Lok Sabha seats in the state are divided between the BJP and the SP and the BSP is reduced to minimum, sources said, adding that Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav is playing his cards astutely to emerge as a major force in the post-Lok Sabha election scenario.

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