The Bahujan Samaj Party’s decision to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance will not affect the survival of the Manmohan Singh government.

But if the Left parties also withdraw support, the UPA government will get reduced to a minority with only 227 seats. The UPA can recover some ground in the event of its winning the support of the Samajwadi Party.

However, the ruling alliance will still be a few seats short of the halfway mark — 272.

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