UPA on tenterhooks as Mayawati keeps everyone guessing

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Lucknow, Oct 10: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati today continued to keep everyone guessing on how long she will support the UPA government.

Addressing reporters post the BSP national executive here, Mayawati said that party leaders have asked her to take a decision in this regard and therefore she will again look at all the issues before finalising the BSP's stand.

Slamming the reforms initiated by the Centre recently, Mayawati rued that the economic policies had negatively impacted farmers, traders and the common man.

She said that neither has the UPA helped the Dalits and the poor nor has it been able to combat corruption. Mayawati stressed that her party will organise protests against the central government.

Pointing out that her party has been backing the UPA in order to keep out communal forces, the BSP chief noted that the government may not last the full term.

Citing the success of the 'sankalp maharally' that was taken out here yesterday to mark the sixth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram, Mayawati averred that the party is geared up to face the general elections whenever they are held.

However, sources say that Mayawati will continue her support to UPA as early polls do not suit the BSP. Since her party was routed in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections earlier this year, Mayawati is unsure of the number of seats her party can win in the state.

The UPA has 254 MPs. Others like the MIM and Bodoland People's Front have 10 MPs. There are 4 Independents. Providing outside support to the UPA are the BSP, the Samajwadi Party, RJD and JDS with a total of 50 MPs.

Sitting in the Opposition are 151 MPs from the NDA. The Left Front has 24 MPs, while TMC, BJD, ADMK and TDP have 48 MPs. Others including the independents are 15 which includes 2 MPs from the JVM.

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