Winter session: PM hosts Maya for lunch

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 11:19 hrs

New Delhi: With Trinamool Congress pulling out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over FDI in retail, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament is meeting allies that lend outside support to the UPA. On Sunday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati is the guest of the PM at lunch.

Mayawati with her 21 BSP lawmakers and her Samajwadi Party rival Mulayam Singh Yadav with 22 lawmakers in Parliament is a crucial support to the UPA though both the groups were making noises over the economic reforms over which Mamata Banerjee walked out.

Manmohan Singh, who would face a barrage of contentious issues in the winter session and also the ire of former ally Trinamool Congress, is firming up his strategy in the two houses of Parliament.

Singh met Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier on Friday over dinner.

BSP supremo Mayawati has kept the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government guessing on the issue of continued outside support.

"My party members have authorised me to take a final decision on supporting the UPA," Mayawati said during a press conference on Oct 10 after the party's national executive meeting, adding that she has not taken any decision on it yet.

She had also hinted at early Lok Sabha polls and asked her party cadres to remain prepared.

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