Will continue to support UPA: Mayawati

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 14:13 hrs

Giving relief to the Congress-led United Progressive Allaince (UPA) government, Bahuajn Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said her party will continue giving external support to the ruling coalition.

Mayawati made the comments on a day when the UPA´s key alliance partner the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) pulled out of the coalition at the centre over its stand on the Sri Lanka human rights issue at the UNHRC session at Geneva.

"We will continue to support the government. The BSP will not withdraw support," Mayawati told reporters on Tuesday.

"We are supporting the government from outside even though we have our differences with the UPA," the former Uttar Praesh Chief Minister said.

DMK, which was the biggest ally of the UPA after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) walked out of the UPA government on Tuesday, said it would not lend outside support too. Five DMK ministers will quit the government.

The UPA has been reduced to a minority after the exit of 18 DMK MPs. The UPA with outside support of SP (22 MPs) and BSP (21 MPs) has 277 members now after the pullout.

The UPA is now dependent only the the Samajwadi Party (SP) of Mulayam Singh Yadav and his rival Mayawati´s BSP.

The DMK wanted India to go for a strongly worded resolution against Sri Lanka for its atrocities and killings of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka that followed after the civil war in that country ended with the defeat of the LTTE.

"I am pulling out of the UPA government," said DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai. He said he felt let down by the government and it has always worked for the Tamils.

"Sri Lanka has committed serious crimes and the DMK has always condemned these crimes, " said Karunanidhi.

However, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the government is stable even as the Congress called a core committee meeting.

He said the government has taken note of the statement of Karunanidhi and indicated a resolution on the Sri Lanka issue in Parliament in keeping with what DMK wanted.

He hoped that DMK might review its decision.

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