Mayawati to take final call to decide on support to UPA today

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 05:16 hrs

Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati is expected to take a final decision on lending outside support to the Congress-led UPA Government at her party's national executive meeting here today.

"We will have a meeting of national executive on Wednesday to reconsider whether to continue support to the UPA government or not," said Mayawati, while addressing the BSP workers at a 'sankalp maharally' here to mark the sixth death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.

Mayawati, whose party has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha and is giving outside support to the government along with Samajwadi Party's 22 MPs, said the next Parliamentary polls slated to be held in 2014, may be advanced and asked her cadres to be ready for it.

On FDI in multi-brand retail, Mayawati said: "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 Centre's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail will prove to be detrimental for the local economy. But the Centre has a different opinion. If the decision to allow FDI benefits the farmers, small businessmen and ordinary, the BSP may in future support the decision. But in the present situation, without seeing the effects of this decision, our party will not support FDI," she added.

The government is facing intense pressure from the opposition over a slew of reforms that it announced earlier.

It has also lost the support of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has withdrawn its support over the move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, a cap on the number of LPG gas and diesel price hike.

Trinamool Congress, which has 19 members in the Lok Sabha, withdrew support to the UPA Government and pulled out its six ministers from the government on September 21 after being disappointed with the announcement government's new reforms (ANI)

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