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Congress should not take us for granted: SP

With the Trinamool Congress [TMC] withdrawing support from the government on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment [FDI] in multi-brand retail, all eyes are now fixed on the Samajwadi Party [SP] which has twenty two members in the Lok Sabha. The government has fallen short of a majority by sixteen seats, a gap that could easily be filled by the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party [BSP] with twenty one seats.

The TMC's exit means the government has to take into confidence the SP as well as the BSP for any major decision or any future reform that it plans. One of the first hurdles that the government might have to face in the next winter session is the constitution amendment bill that seeks to provide reservation in promotion to Schedule Castes/ Schedule Tribes. This bill has been vehemently opposed by the SP.

Realising it's importance in the new politician equations in the country, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said: 'Our support to the government can not be taken for granted'.  The party leaders however, have maintained they would not be joining the government, but would keep supporting the government from outside. 'We do not want to be part of the government that is tainted with corruption,' said a senior SP leader. The SP leader said that in view of the 2014 general elections, the party does not want that it's prospect suffers due to the corruption issues.

Talking about the withdrawal of support by Mamata Banerjee, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said: 'The withdrawal by Mamata is a very serious issue. The Congress should have given a chance to Mamata, almost all parties are against FDI, diesel price hike and the LPG issue.'  Though Mamata has withdrawn support on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, interestingly the two parties that it is banking on does not share the view point of the government and have opposed FDI in multi-brand retail.
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