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Jul 11, 2013 at 02:40pm IST

Mulayam Singh meets PM, seeks changes in Food Security Ordinance

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi to express his strong reservation against the Food Bill Ordinance. Sources said Yadav told Manmohan Singh that his party will not support the ordinance in Parliament until his reservations are addressed.

Yadav has reportedly asked for amendments in the ordinance. One of the amendments sought by him is that a new survey should be conducted to identify the actual number of rural poor in Uttar Pradesh and other states.

The former Uttar Pradesh, however, refused to divulge details of the meeting. "We will take a decision on the Food Bill at our Parliamentary board meet. I met the PM but I won't divulge to you what we discussed," he told reporters.

Yadav, whose party is extending outside support to UPA, was at Prime Minister's residence for nearly half-an-hour and left just before the Cabinet meeting was to begin. When asked about the purpose of his visit, he merely said that he had come for a cup of tea. Last week, the Samajwadi Party chief had attacked Congress over the Food Security Ordinance, accusing it of indulging in vote bank politics and said its intentions were not good.

With the Lok Sabha elections nearing, the Congress is bringing the ordinance like it had brought rural employment scheme MNREGA before the previous polls, he had said. "The ordinance has been brought keeping in mind Lok Sabha polls...The intentions of Congress are not good and my party would look into it and see that interest of farmers is not harmed. Congress is only doing vote politics...," Yadav had said.

"Over five lakh people died, mostly in Maharashtra, due to starvation...Why the government did not distribute food grains to them then...The condition of Congress is not good in the entire country and the ordinance is a mere propaganda," he had alleged.