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The support of DMK, the second largest group in UPA with its 18 MPs in Lok Sabha, is crucial for the UPA in case of a voting on a motion.
At present, the government enjoys the support of about 265 MPs, including DMK, in a house of 545. With the support of Samajwadi Party (22) and BSP (21), the backing for the ruling coalition goes a little over 300, which is comfortable over the required 273 majority mark in Lok Sabha.
BSP and SP together or individually have not shown signs of withdrawing support so far.
Mayawati, who has hinted at the possibility of early polls, remained vague on her party's stand on FDI issue after her lunch with the Prime Minister on Sunday. "Whenever such a situation crops up, ask us this question (then). Why do you want our response in advance," she said.
She noted that her party members have authorised her to take a final decision on support to the UPA but she has not taken a call on the issue so far.
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