SP vows to prop up Cong if TMC quits

SP vows to prop up Cong if TMC quits

The Samajwadi Party with 22 Lok Sabha members has given the Congress a good reason to cheer because it has offered, for the second time in three days, to support it in case “the Trinamool Party pulls out.”

Samajwadi MP Sailendra Kumar said on Friday “our outside support will continue to the government," allowing the Congress to celebrate.

Congress president and UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi had on Thursday signalled further strengthening of ties between the two parties as she sent a congratulatory message to Samajwadi president Mulayam Singh Yadav, with AICC treasurer Motilal Vora and Parliamentary Affairs minister Pawan Bansal who represented the party and the government at the swearing in of new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

As the Congress party kept in touch with the SP even asking it to join the government in the event of Mamata pulling out of UPA, Sailendra Kumar ruled out his party becoming an active partner of the government. Asked if the Congress and the SP were in talks on the issue, he said, "No talks are going on."

The SP has a strength of 22 in the Lok Sabha as against 19 of the TMC. For the first time in three days, there were no fireworks on Friday on the Congress-Trinamool front, thanks mainly to the presentation of Union Budget which made the two parties take time off politics.

Unlike on the railway budget, Trinamool was soft on the Union Budget, describing it as ‘tolerable.’

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