SP, RJD likely to withdraw support

SP, RJD likely to withdraw support

SP, RJD likely to withdraw support

The spoilers

After the Bill was passed in the Upper House, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said he would meet President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday and give her the letter conveying his party’s withdrawal of support to the UPA government.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said his party, too, would withdraw support to the UPA, though he did not disclose when he would meet the President to submit his letter pulling out support to the government.

The SP and RJD have been supporting the government from outside since May last year. The RJD has altogether eight MPs – four in the Rajya Sabha and an equal number in the Lok Sabha.

The SP has 22 MPs in the LS and 12 in the RS.

On Monday, both Lalu and Mulayam had said in no uncertain terms their respective parties would withdraw support if the government went ahead with the Bill without inserting provisions for “quota within quota” for women of backward castes and minority communities.

The two Yadav leaders criticised the government for suspending the seven protesting MPs from the RS and for using the servcies of the marshals to physically carry them out of the House. While Lau found the government’s action a “beginning of emergency and dictatorship in the country”, Mulayam Singh described it as “murder of democracy.”
The SP chief did not clarify if he too would submit to the President the letter conveying his party’s support withdrawal.