Lucknow, Aug 4: The Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday resorted to political blackmailing as a fallout of the controversy surrounding the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.
The SP took an extreme stand to announce that it would not support the UPA government's crucial Food Security Bill in the Parliament. It said this after UPA chairperson and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to ensure that the suspended bureaucrat was not treated unfairly.
The SP had also retaliated on Saturday, asking why didn't the Congress chief write similar letters when Congress governments in Haryana and Rajasthan suspended bureaucrats. Particularly in Haryana, IAS officer Ashok Khemka was taken to task for alleging about irregularities in land deal involving Sonia Gandhi's son-on-law Robert Vadra.
On Sunday, SP mocked the Congress chief by sating that it usually rubbishes letters like the one written by the latter.
The SP is a crucial outside ally for the Congress-led UPA government, which has been turned into a working minority after the pull-out of two major allies, the Trinamool Congress and DMK over the last eleven months. The Monsoon Session starting Monday will witness serious setback for the Congress if the SP refuses to back the food bill.