Mulayam to decide on supporting UPA: Akhilesh

Lucknow, March 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday said his Samajwadi Party (SP) was prepared for Lok Sabha polls anytime but the final decision on continuing support to the UPA government will be taken by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Addressing a traders’ gathering here, he admitted that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was in turmoil and speculation was rife on its survival.
“The stability of the union government after the withdrawal of support by the DMK is in question. As far as our party is concerned, any decision of continuing outside support or not lies with Netaji (as Mulayam Singh is known by partymen),” he added.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) with its 23 MPs is crucial for the survival of the Manmohan Singh government and extends issue-based outside support to the UPA.
While at daggers drawn with the Congress on many issues, including the treatment of minorities and Foreign Direct Investment in retail, the SP has ensured that the government has sailed through in the Lok Sabha at crucial times.