Bahujan Samaj Party defers decision on support to UPA

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday kept up the suspense on continuance of outside support to the UPA government at the Centre, saying a decision on the issue will be taken soon.

She also asked the cadres to be ready for snap polls which "can take place any time" in view of a state of "instability" at the Centre.

Mayawati, who had said that decision on the issue of continuing support to the UPA will be taken today, said the BSP National Executive and the Parliamentary Board have left it to her to take a final call on it.

"But there will be no delay. The decision will be taken soon and conveyed to you," she told reporters after the meeting.

Mayawati said it was now her "responsibility" to take a decision on the issue keeping in mind the interests of the people as well as her party's ideology.

She said her party has supported the UPA with a view to weaken fundamentalist forces in the country and work for the welfare of all the sections of the society, including Dalits and minorities.

"But it is a matter of sorrow that the attitude of the central government has been very disappointing regarding these from the very beginning,"she said.

Mayawati said that prices have spiralled due to the "wrong policies" of the government.

"Besides, a number of anti-people decisions have been taken by the Centre due to which people of the country are very perturbed…corruption is rampant and no effective steps have been taken by the government so far to check it," the former UP Chief Minister said.

Mayawati asked the party cadre to expose the "wrong" policies of the government by holding cadre camps, dharnas and public meetings across the country on a war footing so that the Centre is forced to withdraw its "anti-people" decisions.

"Keeping in mind the state of instability at the Centre, mid-term polls can take place any time. Our party has to prepare on a war-footing. We want to emerge as a balance of power," she said.