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Oct 06, 2012 at 09:24pm IST

I oppose FDI in retail, but support UPA govt: Mulayam Singh Yadav

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said that though his party will continue to oppose the "anti-people" proposals offered by the government, it will support the UPA to keep the "communal forces" at bay.

"I am supporting the government to keep the non-secular forces away but I will oppose FDI in retail. I will speak in the Lok Sabha regarding this. I cannot say when elections will take place but whenever they will, we are ready," said Singh.

He was accompanied with his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Since, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has pulled out her support from the UPA government, speculations are on if she will launch a Third Front - a non-UPA and non-NDA party - before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Samajwadi Party was also seen as a member of the Third Front but after Singh has clarified that he will continue to support the UPA, it seems he is not interested in forming a Third Front.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had also recently appealed to all the political parties, opposing and supporting the UPA, to help her in bringing a no-confidence motion against the government. But by confirming his support to the central government, the Samajwadi Party chief has also de-linked himself from Mamata's proposal.