Will Mayawati follow Mamata and leave UPA in lurch?

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Lucknow, Oct 10: Will Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati follow in the footsteps of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and discontinue her support to Congress-led UPA government in the Centre? Or Will she continue to provide outside support to the government to avoid early polls? Several questions are being raised as the Dalit leader is all set to take a decision in the matter at the BSP national executive on Wednesday, Oct 10 in Lucknow.

Political observers say it is not just the Centre but Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP), too, is awaiting the BSP Chief's decision.

Addressing BSP workers at a 'sankalp maharally' in Lucknow to mark the sixth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram on Tuesday, Mayawati hinted at the possibility of early elections.

"Going by the present circumstances, it appears that Lok Sabha polls would be held early," she said.

"We will hold a meeting of BSP's national executive on Wednesday (Oct 10) to reconsider whether to continue support to the UPA government or not," she said.

However, sources say that Mayawati will continue her support to UPA as early polls do not suit the BSP.  After the defeat of BSP in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections early this year, Mayawati's party has lost its clout 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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