BSP's Mayawati to withdraw support to UPA?

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  1. Daredevil

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    Will Mayawati pull the plug on the UPA or not?

    Mayawati has put the Congress-led UPA on tenterhooks. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief told a jam-packed two-lakh capacity crowd at Ramabai Maidan in Lucknow that the next parliamentary polls would be held much ahead of 2014 and party workers need to start preparations for it on a “war footing”.

    And the clincher: she wants the party to ensure that the “UPA does not return to power”. This statement is sure to ring alarm bells among Congress strategists.

    Like Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati has also learnt the art of media management by promising a bombshell on Wednesday. A meeting of the BSP National Executive on Wednesday will decide whether to continue extending support to the UPA at the Centre or not.

    But she actually said two things in same breath: “We have been forced to call a meeting of the National Executive to review our support to the UPA”, and, second, “it looks imminent that Lok Sabha elections will be held much before scheduled”. She then detailed how the party has to be expanded to obtain more seats after the next elections. Her statements were thus open to many interpretations.

    After the Trinamool Congress pullout, the numbers game requires UPA to ensure that at least one of the two—Samajwadi Party or the BSP—have to give the government full support. Even then it is touch and go. The Congress thus has to do a fine balancing act to make sure that neither SP nor BSP is antagonised – a tough job for floor managers and party strategists.

    The BSP chief also indicated the kind of timeframe in which she expected the next parliamentary elections. “It has to be held early but before that there are two assembly elections, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, whose dates have already been announced.” She chose not refer to any of the other assembly polls like Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh and Delhi – which are due in 2013. This gave rise to speculation that the Lok Sabha polls may happen in the first half of 2013.

    She dropped some hints that she may play the catalyst in advancing the elections.

    “Since the formation of the UPA government it has been taking a series of anti-people measures.” She referred to the diesel price hike, rationing of LPG cylinders and FDI in retail. While her position was clear on the first two, she did not come out clearly for or against FDI in retail. “For now we are opposed to it but we are watching the UPA assurances on FDI in retail closely; if it works out to be in people’s favour we may implement it later.”

    But then she warned her supporters that they should now wary about falling for the UPA’s pre-poll populist measures. “You don’t have to fall into that trap, for those populist measures can’t be implemented in such a short period of time while they rule at the Centre,” she said.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s remark that “money does not grow on trees” came for some very caustic rebuttals as also the references to various scams.

    Party insiders say that her decisions on withdrawing support to the UPA will depend on how the SP will benefit from its links to the UPA, and whether Akhilesh Yadav‘s popularity is still holding up or not.

    This time around she will be looking to expand her base and numbers beyond Uttar Pradesh. She made repeated references of Maharashtra where, according to her, BR Ambedkar was such a revered personality but this did not convert to votes for Dalit parties. Similar references were made to tribals and Dalits in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Rajasthan.

    She focused half of her one-hour-long speech on the party’s core constituents in Uttar Pradesh by pointing out the follies of the Samajwadi Party government in UP. There was a clear attempt to drive a wedge between the social constituents that supported the Samajawadi Party in this year’s assembly elections. She tried to play on the sentiments of non-Yadav OBC castes. Special references were made to Brahmins blowing conch shells and Muslim reservations. Brahmins and Muslims – two socially important constituencies – are key to a Mayawati revival.

    A key change noted in her demeanour was a consciousness that she needed an image makeover – especially on corruption and criminals. “Criminals and the corrupt who join our party at the time of elections only bring disrepute. We need to guard against them.”

    While she kept on naming Yadavs by caste—making it clear that she would not pamper them—she brought back her old slogan—Sarvajan Sukhai, Sarvajan Hitai (Welfare for all).

    She made an indirect attack on Sonia Gandhi by calling her a reader rather than a leader. Unlike some other leaders whose speeches are prepared by someone else, I prepare my own speech based on my own experiences in public life, she said.

    The big question is this: will she now pull the plug or grant a reprieve to the UPA with some riders? The UPA’s managers must already be burning up the hotlines to Mayawati to ensure that she continues to play ball.

    But then, the BSP chief is known to keep the suspense going till last minute. She likes springing surprises. UPA bosses are not going to have a good night’s sleep tonight.
     
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    Re: BSP's Mayawati to withdraw support from UPA?

    After the BSP's executive meeting today:

    The BSP leader said that following the two meetings with party leaders since yesterday, she had come to realise the responsibility that lay with her and she would need to think long and hard before she took a final decision on whether to continue backing the UPA government.

    However, she has promised to take a decision soon enough. When this ‘soon’ will be, is anybody’s guess”

    There will be no delay the decision will be taken very soon,” she said.

    She then curtly got up and left the press conference.
     
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    Re: BSP's Mayawati to withdraw support from UPA?

    But before you think that Mayawati grew a consience of her own when it comes to withdrawing support to UPA, then think again in lieu of this news


    So, if CBI (or rather Congress) decides to probe Mayawati, then Mayawati will withdraw the support and if CBI (or Congress) decides to not go through or delay it, then business as usual for UPA and Mayawati. Such is the shame of this country to have leaders and political parties like these.
     
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    Corruption case may return, Mayawati says she's not sure of support to UPA

    Lucknow: Mayawati has delayed a decision on whether she will continue to prop up the ruling coalition at the centre. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief consulted her party's top leaders in Lucknow on Wednesday morning, and said that she will now take a few days to make up her mind. "You will know my decision shortly," she said. (Highlights of Mayawati's press conference)
    She had earlier said that she would share her verdict today.

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court has clarified that the CBI is free to investigate her for corruption, if it gets the required clearance from the Uttar Pradesh government. Her deferral will be interpreted as a pressure tactic against the centre, a hint that her support will depend on how the CBI reacts to that green signal.

    In July, the Supreme Court had said that the CBI had erroneously investigated the former chief minister's wealth; the court said what it had sanctioned was an inquiry into an alleged scam during Mayawati's term as chief minister in a project meant to upgrade tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal.
    Today, Mayawati did not have positive feedback on the Prime Minister's coalition, the UPA. "It is a government entrenched in graft, and has taken no real steps to check this," said the former chief minister, whose own defeat in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year was attributed largely to allegations of endemic corruption.

    She was also critical of the government's economic policies, which have hurt the country's poor, she said. "The UPA has been so busy with its own problems," she said, "that it has not focused on fighting inflation and helping the poor." She also repeated that she does not expect the government to last its term till 2014, and said she has asked her party to get into election mode.

    Yesterday, at a large rally, her first since being voted out of power, she said that she remains opposed to the recently introduced reforms in retail, but added that she is willing to be convinced of its merits.

    It was the decision to open up India to foreign mega-chains like Wal-Mart that cost the Prime Minister his biggest ally, Mamata Banerjee. Last month, she pulled her Trinamool Congress out of his coalition, reducing the government to a minority. To remain in power, the coalition needs the external support of both Mayawati and her arch political foe, Mulayam Singh Yadav. Together, they bring 43 MPs to them, necessary for the government to cross the 272 votes in parliament that it needs to remain in power.

    The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said yesterday, "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."

    But Mayawati also made it clear at her rally that the valuable support she offers must not be taken for granted. She warned that she does not expect the UPA government to last its term till 2014, and said she has told her party workers to gear up for early general elections.

    For all her attacks on the Centre, Mayawati stands to lose more than she can gain from early elections. She needs time to rebuild her support base in UP, which rejected her overwhelmingly in the state Assembly elections earlier this year.

    The rally at Lucknow's Ambedkar Park had the usual trappings of a Mayawati show - a huge audience, a massive stage with a huge picture of her in the background, and a vitriolic attack on Mulayam Singh Yadav and son, Akhilesh, is now the chief minister of UP.

    Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav, she said, were so against Dalit empowerment that they cancelled the holiday she had instituted to commemorate the death anniversary of Dalit leader, Kanshi Ram, who was her mentor.

    She also said that since his sweeping victory, Akhilesh, who is 39, had failed to improve the law and order in Uttar Pradesh, or tackle corruption. "Everyone knows that during our government's time our policies were based on inclusiveness to allow entire society to benefit from it. But the Samajwadi Party hasn't done anything for Muslims in the state," she said.
     
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    This is a case of brinkmanship going on at the centre. Ms. Mayawati is challenging the UPA Govt. to go ahead with the probe, but at the same time she knows that even if she withdraws support, the ruling alliance has the mathematics all worked out, and will be safe.

    However Congress party would like both BSP and SP to be on board, because they will work hard to neutralise the other party. If BSP withdraws supprot, SP will make Ms.Mamata Banerjee's demands look very simple and negligible.
     
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    UPA's most important member is CBI director: Nitin Gadkari



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    All nautanki .. chor chor mausere bhai ..(Congress, BJP, SP, BSP ETC) she is behan :laugh:
     

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