Now, Cong staking at SP, others

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Jun 29 | Updated: Jun 30 2008, 05:43am hrs
The UPA is hoping for support from the Samajwadi Party and other minor outfits to keep the government afloat, in the face of withdrawal of support by the Left parties on the nuclear issue.

Even as the Congress on Sunday downplayed the CPM threat to end its partnership with the UPA, party circles contend that moves to drum up support from other parties, specially the Samajwadi Party have already begun.

RJD, an important constituent of the UPA with 24 MPs, on Sunday expressed confidence that the government will not fall on the deal, which will also go through. RJD chief and railway minister Lalu Prasad ruled out early elections saying they would be held on schedule. "The government will not not fall and the nuclear deal will also go through," he said.

Besides support from the 39 MPs of the Samajwadi Party, the UPA is hoping for backing from the RLD, which has four MPs as well as other fringe players with one of two MPs like the Trinamool Congress. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, however, has maintained suspense over his party's stand so far, saying it would decided on July 3 when the UNPA will meet.

Downplaying the Left threat to withdraw the support, party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad contended that it was nothing new. This has been the Left stand since long he said.