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BSP may withdraw support to UPA

May 12, 2005 12:24 IST
Last Updated: May 12, 2005 13:56 IST

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Thursday threatened in the Rajya Sabha that her party may withdraw outside support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

The decision comes two days after the Central Bureau of Investigation questioned the BSP leader in a disproportionate assets case.

She said if the CBI was working at the behest of the Centre in the case, then her party would be compelled to withdraw its support to the UPA.

The BSP has 18 members in the Lok Sabha.

Mayawati demanded that just as the CBI had questioned her in the DA case, the agency should question other party presidents as well.

The BSP leader said she was raising the issue not to save herself or to exert pressure on the Centre, but to apprise the members in the House of the 'double standards' being adopted by CBI.

"Is this because I am a dalit?" she asked and wondered why the CBI had given her a clean chit earlier.

Responding to her remarks, Minister of State for Personnel Suresh Pachauri said the CBI was an autonomous body and the DA and Taj Corridor cases referred by her were instituted during the National Democratic Alliance regime.

He added that the UPA government did not have any influence over them nor has it interfered with the cases, which are proceeding as per Supreme Court directive.

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Sub: BSP may withdraw support to UPA

The UPA government is not dependent on the support of BSP and is not even a part of the UPA, so how does its "withdrawal" ...

Posted by Bharath

Sub: BSP may withdraw support to UPA

This is not "Double Standard" but "Black Mail" misusing the name of the poor "Dalit" by Mayawathi. What else would a woman of her calibre ...

Posted by Dr YNI Anand

Sub: Dispropotionate assests

This is the problem when we have too many alliances. The BSP has 18 MPs so by pulling out the support, she thinks the Manmohanji's ...

Posted by ramarao

Sub: With draw support from Cong led Govt

It is better to withdraw support from that Congress led govt to survive middle class people, Otherwise they will kill middle class people, They always ...

Posted by Somen Saha


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