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Dismiss Maya govt, have my support: Mulayam
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 7
Faced with a piquant situation after Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh made it clear that he would only support the party that promised to dismiss Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati's “unconstitutional” government in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress party on Thursday tried to play safe on the issue.

Obviously not burn its bridges with the party that had supported the UPA government after Left withdrew its support in July last year over the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Congress said it would be ready to do whatever was “constitutionally possible” as far as this demand of its former ally was concerned but would not indulge in any extra-constitutional moves.

“Whoever has supported us between 2004 and 2009 will be our first priority. Mulayam Singh will be our important partner. Whatever is constitutionally possible we will not hesitate to do but we will not indulge in extra-constitutional activities,” senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily said.

After casting vote at a polling both in his constituency Mainpuri, SP supremo Mulayam Singh on Thursday said that “whichever party will dismiss the unconstitutional government in Uttar Pradesh, we (the SP) will support them”.

Asked if the SP would remain allied with the Congress-led UPA, which it supported during the trust vote last year, Singh said: “We saved the government for electricity, nuclear deal and security of the country”.

The SP has indicated that it was ready to support the Congress post-poll, this time it would be a “practical” rather than an emotional decision.

Hinting at a possible tie-up of his party with Congress, SP general secretary Amar Singh said that his party would be willing to have a truck with the grand old party “for the sake of secularism”.



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