New Delhi: A day after the Centre cleared a Rs 45,000 crore package for Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party on Thursday declared its support for the Congress-led UPA's Vice-President candidate Hamid Ansari. NDA ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, too, is likely to support Ansari.
"Samajwadi Party has joined itself with the UPA for the last 10 years. We can never collaborate BJP or a group led by BJP. Whatever UPA decides, Samajwadi Party will support it," said Samjwadi leader Mohan Singh.
But even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached out to Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Left Front has been dithering on the Vice-President.
Communist Party of India(Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Thursday that the Left wants a candidate who does not belong to Congress for the Vice-President's post.
"The UPA has to decide whom they want to put up for the post. We have told the PM we would like to have a person who is not belonging to the Congress party. Now it is upto them to decide. We will then respond," said Karat.
The bonhomie between the UPA and the Samajwadi Party has grown in recent weeks. The Samajwadi Party and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) have also pledged their support to UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.