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BSP supremo Mayawati.
Mayawati to Announce Stand on Support to UPA on Oct 10
Attacking the UPA government for its "anti-people" decisions, BSP supremo Mayawati today said her party will take a final call tomorrow on whether to continue its outside support to the Centre.
In her first major public event after BSP's debacle in the UP polls seven months back,
Mayawati, like her arch rival and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, did not expect the Manmohan Singh government to last its term till 2014 and asked her cadres to be ready for early polls.
"We will hold a meeting of BSP's national executive tomorrow (Oct 10) to reconsider whether to continue support to the UPA government or not," she said addressing BSP workers at a
'sankalp maharally' here to mark the sixth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram.
"Going by the present circumstances, it appears that Lok Sabha polls would be held early," she said.
After the withdrawal of support by its ally Trinamool Congress, Government is banking on the outside support of
BSP, which has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha, and Samajwadi Party with 22 MPs.
She attacked the government's foreign and economic policies, saying its "anti-people" decisions have added to the woes of the people including the deprived,
Dalits, minorities and farmers who are facing the brunt of rising prices, growing unemployment and corruption.
On the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, Mayawati left the door open on her party backing it.
"If the financial situation of farmers and small traders improves because of
FDI, we could welcome it in future but currently we do not support it," the BSP chief said.
"Since the UPA government has not done anything in the interest of the country and the people, it can go all out to woo the electorate by luring them through tall promises which will not really benefit the people. We have to remain vigilant on this count as well," she said.
Mayawati used the occasion to train her guns on the SP government accusing it of turning UP into a "crime state" and alleging that goonda elements jailed by her erstwhile government were
Criticising the statement of the Prime Minister that money does not grow on trees, Mayawati said the Centre cannot shun its responsibilities.
"Instead of putting the burden on the poor and the middle class, it would be better to put some of it on the capitalists and the rich who the government had
benefited from time to time.
"It will be better to put the burden on luxury items instead on the commodities used by common people," she said.
Mayawati accused the government of having a "lackadaisical" approach towards bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks. She said people were also concerned
about the recent spate of scams in the country.
On reservation in promotions, Maywati said her party has been fighting for it but the matter is pending in Parliament where the role of Samajwadi Party has been "disgraceful".
The BSP chief also said no government at the Centre has done anything for landless people in states like
Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and MP where Dalits, backwards and adivasis have been thrown out of their land.
She claimed that this has forced many to become Naxals or choose a wrong course.
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