Maya drops support withdrawal idea for now, pushes for CBI probe

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New Delhi, Feb 18 (UNI) Happy with her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo today indicated that she had dropped the idea of withdrawing support to the UPA Government, a threat given last month for the ''Centre's constant apathy towards the problems of the state''.

Ms Mayawati today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a long list of demands wanting him to give consent for immediate CBI inquiry into various scams involving influential political leaders, and clear the Rs 80,000 crore special package for development of the backaward Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal regions and other developmental projects.

The Prime Minister told Ms Mayawati that a special plan for development of Bundelkhand region would be prepared with the help of the Planning Commission.

A smiling Ms Mayawati came out of the Prime Minister's residence to tell reporters that she was happy with the outcome of her talks.

Her party's relations with the ruling Congress at the Centre had recently hit a new low with the Chief Minister accusing the Congress leadership of conspiring to kill her, During the meeting that lasted over one and a half hour, Ms Mayawati also raised the demand for SPG cover for her.

''The talks took place in a very cordial atmosphere. The Prime Minister listened to all my demands very seriously,'' Ms Mayawati told newspersons outside the Prime Minister's residence after the meeting.

She said that last month she had announced that she would withdraw support from the UPA government for not meeting the most pressing demands of the state, and she had consulted her senior party colleague on the issue, but she wanted that before taking the final decision in this regard, she should meet the Prime Minister and apprise him of the state's problems and demands.

''Now I hope of a positive outcome of the meeting,'' she said.

The Prime Minister told her that the total resources available to the State under 11th Plan will be Rs.2,80,000 crore amounting to 3.5 times the resources made available in the 10th Five Year Plan.

Central assistance alone will be over Rs.80,000 crore during the Plan period.

Ms Maywati said she told the Prime Minister that the CBI investigation was very necessary in three cases-- food grain scam, police recruitments and release of controversial CD by the BJP during the last Asembly election beacuse she wanted to avoid allegations that her government was working with a vengeance towards her political rivals.

The Chief Minister also apprised Mr Singh of the '' threats being received from different terrorist organisations,'' which necessitated a SPG cover for her.

Chief secretary P K Mishra, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh and her close aide and Cabinet Minister Satish Mishra were also present in the meeting.


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