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SP backtracks again, says won't withdraw support

Source: PTI
January 10, 2009 20:56 IST
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Two days after threatening to review its support to the UPA government if no action was taken against Pakistan within five days, Samajwadi Party today ruled out any such possibility.

"There is no question of withdrawing support from the UPA," Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters.

The party, which extends crucial outside support to the Congress-led coalition at the centre, had on Thursday served an ultimatum to the UPA government, saying it would review its support if tough action was not taken against Pakistan within five days.

Yadav also said that the seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress is close to finalisation.

"The seat sharing arrangement with the Congress is heading towards maturity and is in its final stage. Both the parties will work out the arrangement in the larger national interest," Yadav said at the inaugural function of Ch Nathoo Singh Degree College at Dehuli in Mainpuri, his constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The party today released its second list of candidates in Uttar Pradesh for Lok Sabha elections, taking the tally to 46 seats out of the total 80.

The SP supremo also took a dig at Mayawati, alleging, "No one feels secure in the state today."

He also charged that the "Mayawati government is all set to save her MLA Shekhar Tiwari, accused of murdering PWD executive engineer Manoj Gupta in Auraiya."

Assuring the farmers that the Indo-US nuclear deal would benefit them, the former Chief Minister said that once SP comes to power in UP, they will get free power and canal waters for irrigation.

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