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Mulayam tones down his stance

Mulayam tones down his stance
A day after flexing its muscle over their demand for resignation of steel minister Beni Prasad Verma, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday toned down its aggressive stand. Samajwadi Party MP’s met in the morning to decide the future course of action to be taken regarding Verma’s comment against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, however, the party members left it to Yadav, to take any decision on any issue at an appropriate time in the interest of the party, thus keeping the government at tenterhooks.

Yadav did not disclose much when asked that that his party’s  MPs have authorised him to take any decision on various issues at an appropriate time. 'How can you decide on the time. I will take a decision on various issues when the time comes,' said Yadav.

SP chief was of the view that since Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have personally intervened on the issue of Verma's remarks, the party should wait for the outcome. It was also decided that the party would not create hurdles in the passage of the Appropriation Bill as well as the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill.

Sources say that what might have prompted SP to soften its stand are the CBI raids conducted in the morning at the residence of  DMK chief M Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin. 'This raid on Stalin, heir apparent to the DMK, is a message to BSP and SP that if they desert the UPA government they are going to meet the same fate,' said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati are facing cases of disproportionate assets which are investigated by CBI.
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