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To discuss strategy against "Congress' bid to destabilise governments"

NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party will initiate moves to convene a meeting of non-Congress, non-BJP parties to discuss a common strategy against "Congress attempts to destabilise non-Congress State governments."

The proposal, mooted by Vice-president Janeshwar Mishra, was unanimously accepted at a Parliamentary Board meeting here on Friday. The meeting was chaired by party president, Mulayam Singh Yadav and attended by members of Parliament from both Houses.

Briefing mediapersons, party leader Amar Singh said the strategy would be to avoid a recurrence of the situations witnessed in Bihar, Jharkhand and Goa recently.

Asked whether the Left parties, which support the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre would be invited, he said: "There cannot be anything without them, including the third front." Any criticism of the U.S. imperialism was also not possible without the Left parties. "Ideologically we are very close to Left parties."

Despite differences, the SP would not withdraw `outside' support to the UPA Government. "Our support to them here is just like their support to us in Uttar Pradesh."

The meeting demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad quit their posts in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment on dissolution of the Bihar Assembly in May last.

The party said Rs. 32 crore, allegedly linked to Bofors payoffs, which was allowed to be withdrawn by Italian businessman Quattrocchi from his two accounts in London, be "brought back". On the resignation of Pawan Bansal as chairman of the Lok Sabha Committee probing corruption charges against MPs, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who is a member of the panel, said: "He should not have resigned. We were all with him."