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Jul 20, 2013 at 10:34pm IST

SP-Congress deal in the offing, Mulayam may back Food Security Bill

New Delhi: A Samajwadi Party-Congress deal is in the offing with sources telling CNN-IBN that Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely to support the Food Security Bill in Parliament's Monsoon Session.

The Samajwadi Party had earlier opposed the Bill and called it anti-farmer. As part of the deal, the Congress could help Mulayam in corruption cases against him.

But the challenge for Mulayam is to get a clean chit in the disproportionate assets case. His review petition against an Election Commission order is also pending in the Supreme Court.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government needs Mulayam's support for other crucial bills like Pensions and Insurance Bill as well.

But Congress leader Raj Babbar claimed that Mulayam has already been supporting the Central Government. "I don't want to comment on court's order. The Samajwadi Party has been supporting us from outside," he said.

Mulayam, however, said he will continue to oppose the Food Security Bill. "I continue to oppose the Food Bill. There is no understanding with the Congress," he said.

This is not the first time that the Congress has reached out to Mulayam by going soft on him. After the Left withdrew from the government over the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, the Congress was desperate for a bailout and it looked towards Mulayam who helped the UPA win the trust vote by a close margin of 275 to 256 votes.

The CBI then withdrew its earlier application from the Supreme Court where it had claimed sufficient proof against Mulayam in the disproportionate assets case. The CBI argued it had made accounting mistakes. The case, however, is still pending with the Supreme Court.

Apart from the disproportionate assets case, Mulayam's party the Samajwadi Party is facing criticism for its performance in Uttar Pradesh.