Mayawati’s BSP to help UPA govt defeat cut motion

Mayawati’s BSP to help UPA govt defeat cut motion

New Delhi: The Union government is expected to have a smooth sailing in Lok Sabha in the trial of strength on cut motion with the 21-member Bahujan Samaj Party throwing its weight behind it.

“We will support the Central government on the issue of cut motion," BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said at a press conference in Lucknow.

Her statement, coupled with signals from 21-member BSP that they were against destabilising the Congress-led coalition, was welcome news to the UPA ahead of the cut motion on the demands for grants.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad, who was part of the opposition parliamentarians protesting against price rise, was ambiguous on his party’s strategy on the cut motion.

Asked whether his party has given whip to its members to vote against the government, he shot back, “Whip is issued on whom there is no faith on. How can we distrust our MPs. Now, we are standing on the battlefield. It is to be seen what we do or not do."

The guillotine will be applied to the debate on demands for grants at 6pm.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said, “We are absolutely confident that all cut motions will be decisively defeated."

Mayawati said, “Though we should have voted against the government keeping in mind the issues of price rise and inflation, the party does not want communal forces to have an upperhand."

She said that the party MPs have been apprised of the decision.

When asked whether the BSP’s decision was influenced by CBI cases against her, she said that the issue of supporting the UPA had nothing to do with it.

“I would like to say that the cases relating to Taj corridor and on assets were lodged during the NDA regime and the UPA was not in the power at that time," she said.

Mayawati, however, said that her party’s agitation against wrong economic policies of the UPA government and rise in prices of essential commodities would continue. She said her party will also protest the attitude of the government on development in Uttar Pradesh.