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Samajwadi Party confident of winning majority

Special Correspondent

To get numbers without Congress- RLD support

LUCKNOW: With two days remaining for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly session to begin on January 18, the ruling Samajwadi Party claimed that the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government would prove its majority without the support of the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Both the parties have 15 MLAs each in the House. While the RLD had severed its ties with the Samajwadi Party, the Congress which had not officially withdrawn support to the Chief Minister, is most likely to move an amendment in the motion of thanks to the Governor's address to the joint sitting of the State legislature. The session will start with the Governor, T.V. Rajeswar's address to the joint sitting.

RLD's anti-Mulayam line became clear after the meeting of its MLAs with party president, Chaudhary Ajit Singh, in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to the party general secretary and spokesman, Anil Dubey, the meeting decided to intensify the agitation for the creation of a separate state of Harit Pradesh, consisting of 22 districts of western Uttar Pradesh. The RLD MLAs, office-bearers and workers would stage dharnas, demonstration, road jam and rail roko agitation at all the 22 district headquarters during the week-long stir from February 6 to 12.

Undeterred by the RLD decision, PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav and Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal told reporters that MLAs from the Rashtriya Lok Dal and other parties, who were in touch with the SP, would transfer their loyalties to the ruling party on the floor of the House.

Mr. Agarwal assailed the Congress, the RLD and the Bharatiya Janata Party for making false allegations against the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government. The Transport Minister said the actual strength of these parties would be known only during the voting. He claimed that some MLAs of these parties would support the Government.

Joins SP

The sitting BSP MLA from Nagal (Reserved) constituency in Saharanpur, Satto Devi, joined the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday. Her son, Vishwa Dayal Singh and 40 gram pradhans of the district joined the SP with her.

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