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The PC effect: SP will continue to back Centre

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File photo of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The HIndu File photo of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Mulayam backtracks after Chidambaram promises financial support to Uttar Pradesh

After spitting fire on the Congress for two consecutive days, the Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh changed tack on Friday to proclaim that he has no intention of pulling the plug on the UPA government.

Mr. Singh said the Samajwadi Party’s support would continue. Mr. Singh’s decision to call the truce with the Congress came after Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram assured Centre’s help to Uttar Pradesh government.

During his Lucknow visit on Friday in connection with the inauguration of 300 new bank branches in the State, Mr. Chidambaram not only lauded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Mulayam’s son, Akhilesh Yadav for doing well, but also assured the CM and “Netaji” [Mulayam] that the “Centre is committed to stand by the development of U.P.” Mr. Chidambaram also assured Mr. Akhilesh Yadav that he would examine the State’s proposals related to “UP’s financial needs” and invited the Chief Minister to Delhi.

The softening in Mr. Singh’s stand was evident while he was talking to reporters at the SP headquarters within hours of Mr. Chidambaram’s departure from the bank inaugural function. Stating that support to the Congress-led UPA Government was given to keep “the communal forces out of power”, the SP chief nevertheless reiterated that his support was conditional. He did not slack off from attacking the Congress. “If the support is withdrawn the Congress will make it an issue”, the Samajwadi chief stated. Mr. Singh said the Congress strikes fear to garner support, but it should not be trusted. Those who have helped Congress in the past have been deceived. The Congress (UPA) Government is a “government of scandals”, he added.

Unlike on Thursday when Mr. Singh was predicting a sure shot victory for the Third Front in the next elections, he said on Friday: “The Third Front will be decided after the election.” However, Mr. Singh said a government of the “third force” (“teesri taqat”) would be formed. While opting out of the race for the next Prime Minister, he nonetheless said that the SP would play a crucial role in the formation of the next Government at the Centre.

‘No support to Advani’

Even as he reiterated the secular credentials of the SP, Mr. Singh sought to draw a line with the Bharatiya Janata Party and L. K. Advani.

“I have never supported and will never support Mr. Advani, or the BJP, and have always opposed Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr. Advani’s stand on Kashmir, Ayodhya and Muslims,” Mr. Singh said. He added that the SP has always opposed the BJP and accused the Congress of being an onlooker when it came to communal politics.

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from:  Vi jayaraghavan
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 13:14 IST

Sad shameful turn in Indian Politics; can anytime purchase dissenters by
offer of money direct or in name of projects in their chosen State,
which will help them rake money on the side ! No one has any fixed
program for country development irrespective of caste and community;
play all types of discriminatory cards to gain support by hook or crook;
whither principles of moral commitment to national progress gone ?!!

from:  Radhik Hairam
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 13:08 IST

Why the congress party is power hunglry like this? Anyone having above 10 MPs can hijack the central government, till the next election.

Is there any undergorund reasons that Congress party wanted to stay in power?

from:  Isaac
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 10:59 IST

The UPA is effectively wielding carrot and stick towards other parties like SP and BSP to survive in power. In today's fluid political environment any other party would do the same perhaps less stridently. It would require men of the calibre of Rajaji,Kamaraj or Morarji,R.K.Hegde and the like not to practise such acts of survival.

from:  G.Jagannathan
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 10:50 IST

It is better for the UPA to garner the support of some other political
party and increase it's numbers, since SP's support is "reiterated to
be conditional" and linked to development of UP. SP is known for its
dual strategy and double-standard with well orchestrated tricks to
fool its rivals. The danger of pull-out prevails at all times. SP has
taken advantage of DMK's sudden pull out on Srilankan issue. DMK
supremo has already communicated his party's stand about their non-
cooperation. Now, UPA's dependence on SP is unavoidable. Till
further election, they have to be careful in their political
equations.

from:  s venkataraman
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 10:41 IST

Mr.Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ms. Mayawatiji, the greatest financial wizard PC, the 100 year old Congress, all constitute a fine bunch of WEATHER COCKS. The Congress has mastered the art of CARROT (CENTRAL FINANCE) AND STICK (CBI) Policy ! The entire political class has revealed itself as the most shameless self-seeking lot and have touched rock bottom. Any change can only be an improvement !

from:  V. VEDAGIRI
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 10:32 IST

It reminds me a very popular song of yesteryear's, from the movie
Golmaal. Golmaal hai bhai sab Golmaal hai.

from:  Yusuf Hayath
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 10:11 IST

I wonder how the mind of Malayam Singh Yadav works. Does he realise what he is saying? Irrespective of his support, he should realise that for major projects, all States will have to depend on support from the Centre. Just as the Indian economy is influenced by global developments, every State to some extent do need the support of ther Central Govt irrespective of which party is in power. He should accept that SP is mainly a regional party and there are many such parties with limited control of one State. With a federal structure, all States will have to work in concert with the Centre. Such parties should learn to understand the priority of national interests over regional interests in a coalition. Any other perspective will destroy our country. Even the "strong" iron leader from Gujarat will realise that governance at the Centre is not the same as what he could do in Gujarat.

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:52 IST

How things can change suddenly in Indian politics, this is a classic
example of that,who knows better than MR Neaji to put immense pressure
on government and get the work done. Before 3 days he as all critical
of congress ,he left no stone unturned to mock and ridicule at
congress publicly. He mentioned congress as a corrupt, opportunist
party and created a situation where it appeared as he may call quits
and withdraw support of UPA. UPA knows it well what Mulayam wants and
was waiting for a right time to announce the tempting offer. In
politics timing plays a major role, an action taken at the right time
can fetch you what you desire for and strengthen you stand , on the
contrary untimely actions can cost lot. Therefore this is perfect time
for the SP to take strong stand too for the financial package and
after a careful and calibrated planing SP decided to trap congress, On
the other hand UPA had no option but keep the number intact and give
UP its due. politics is all about win-win.

from:  neeraj bhatt
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 08:57 IST

Sorry it is not PC rather CBI effect!

Ramakrishnan

from:  Ramakrishnan P
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 08:06 IST

Both Chidambaram and Akhilesh have one good thing in common,Education in southern India which sharpens their wisdom.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 06:31 IST

"Carrot and Stic" or "You scrach my bach and I will scach yours" or was it a corporate deal ?

from:  Cherian Mani
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 06:26 IST

At least, the SP used the pull out threat to get funds from the Centre for devdlopment
projects.; whereas, the DMK and the AIADMK are passing meaningless resolutions and
making unreasonable demands on India's foreign policy, none of which will improve
the lots of the people of Tamil Nadu.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 00:41 IST

The Tamil Nadu politicians/parties have a long way to go in extracting financial
packages from the Centre for development of the State, as compared to those in
Bihar or UP. They have been more than happy with a mere pat on their backs from
the Congress leadership. On JPC rejecting Mr Raja's demand to depose before it to
present his version of the events leading to the 2G Scam also, although DMK could
have easily been able to put pressurize on the Congress to make it (JPC) agree, it
simply did not do it. Even on the Srilanka Tamil issue, although DMK pulled out
from the government, Mr Karunanidhi says, he would not allow the UPA to fail
under any circumstance.

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 23:31 IST

Congress will improve its chances in the next election, if PC is made the Pm from June13, when MMS will have to seek reelection thro back door.For a year, let him be at the top. we will know whether he can deliver goods.Atleast, PC is more acceptable to the partners and will be able to hold coalition together.

from:  P.G.RAVIKUMAR
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 23:05 IST

The SP threatened to pull out and immediately the central govt decides
to implement many projects in U.P.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 16:35 IST

When we see our leaders taking oath that they will serve the people of india without any discrimination now we see the leaders serveing as per their survival agenda, we have seen congress survival with the help Madhu Koda, bhajan lal,NCP, SP, BSP, PMK,the left it only shows sheer oppertunisium and survival approach and not national intererst, the way Gujrat and BJP states are beiung treated should now be questioned in the APex court.

from:  s kumar
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 16:08 IST

The UPA desperately needs the support of SP,BSP,Nitishji,DMK,TMC etc not
only for the present survival of govt,but also for retaining power
after the elections.Lavishly praise and assure funds.'Well,support us
and get funds,in addition to 'freedom from CBI'' is the approach.All
actions are based on narrow political considerations.Where is national
interest?Where is fiscal discipline and transparency?

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 15:56 IST

Yesterday Jairam Ramesh complaints on misuse of fund allocated for
infrastructure development by UP CM and today Chidambaram says all help
to UP and it will stand by the CM. What a drama?

from:  Shashanghan Suresh
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 15:38 IST
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