New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has struck a deal with the Congress and agreed to back UPA-II's Presidential candidate, sources say. Even though the bonhomie between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party is growing there is no talk of the latter joining the government, at least till the Presidential polls are over, sources add.
With the Samajwadi Party's support in the Presidential polls, the UPA's strength will increase as the Samajwadi Party has a vote value of 68,000 while the Trinamool Congress has a vote value of only 48,000.
It seems the Congress is readying itself to dump Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and get Mulayam Singh Yadav to replace her as an ally.
However, Congress sources said that the party is not ready to part ways with the Trinamool yet. Congress sources said that the Samajwadi Party is likely to be more flexible than the Trinamool when it comes to reform policy decisions, but the Congress would prefer to wait for Mamata to walk out on her own....more
11:09 AM, May 23, 2012
New Delhi: Key UPA allies Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and DMK chief M Karunanidhi will not attend the Prime Minister's dinner on Tuesday to celebrate three years of the UPA II in power. While Mamata is 'pre-occupied' in Bengal, the DMK is sending party leader TR Baalu for the event. Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress all-India General Secretary Mukul Roy, a close aide of Mamata, said he is likely...
09:20 AM, May 22, 2012