New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has made it clear that he won't withdraw support to the UPA government as he cannot support 'communal parties', but added that the Congress itself will go for elections this year itself. Speaking exclusively to Network 18, Mulayam said, "We don't want the Bharatiya Janata Party and their allies to bring the government down. Why should we bring the government down for eight to nine months?"
Calling the Congress 'cheat', Mulayam said, "They sent a minister of their alliance party to jail. That's why I call the Congress cheat." He added that the Congress runs the government by controlling the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Income Tax department.
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Mulayam said any decision regarding support to the Congress will only be taken after the elections. "We will see whether we will support Congress after elections. We can't decide that today," Mulayam said. He also ruled out the possibility of his party supporting the BJP.
Hitting out at Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, Mulayam said, "Beni Prasad Verma is a small man, he is the one who is responsible for creating problems for the Congress."
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Even as he ruled out withdrawing support to the UPA for now, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that it will be a Third Front Prime Minister in 2014 and not BJP or Congress.
This is how Manmohan Singh's UPA stands currently:
Total - 539
UPA - 232
Half-way mark - 270
Congress - 202
NCP - 9
Others - 21
Outside Support - 49
TMC - 19