Congress ‘discussing’ SP’s offer of support: MoilyMay 17th, 2009 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) With the UPA now needing just 10 more seats to get simple majority in the Lok Sabha, the Congress was Sunday undecided on taking the support of the Samajwadi Party, which has emerged the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh.
A little after SP general secretary Amar Singh offered the party’s “constructive support” to the new United Progressive Alliance government, the Congress said it was deliberating on the issue.
Congress spokesperson M. Veerappa Moily told a news channel: “The Samajwadi Party had supported us at the time of the trust vote in parliament on the nuclear deal (July 2008). But they fought separately in UP and Bihar. It doesn’t mean that they are away from us and we are away from them.”
Moily said that internal discussion was ongoing on the SP’s hand of support.
“The discussion in the party is going on to consider the SP’s role in the government, which form and how,” he said.
Moily re-asserted the prime minister’s statement Saturday that secular forces should join hands. “We have been inviting all the secular parties to join the government,” he said.
The Congress-led UPA has won 262 in the Lok Sabha elections and need only 10 more seats to get a simple majority in the house. The SP claims the support of 26 new members, including two independents.
After the good showing by the Congress, some party leaders Saturday had expressed unwillingness to take the SP’s support in parliament. The Congress has also won 21 seats in Uttar Pradesh, confounding poll pundits.
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