New Delhi: In an apparent softening of stand on the remarks made by Beni Prasad Verma against Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP Parliamentary Party on Thursday slammed the Union Minister but decided to go slow on the issue following intervention of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

But, at the same time, SP continued to keep the government on tenterhooks on its outside support by authorizing Yadav to "take any decision on any issue at an appropriate time in the interest of the party".

Yadav was of the view that since Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have personally intervened on the issue of Verma's remarks, the party should wait for the outcome.
It was also decided that the party would not create hurdles in the passage of the Appropriation Bill as well as the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill. "It is our duty also to get the Appropriation Bill passed," Yadav said after the meeting.
The SP chief decided to keep the cards close to the chest when he said that the MPs have authorized him to take any decision on various issues at an appropriate time.
"How can you decide on the time. I will take a decision on various issues when the time comes," Yadav said.

The meeting of Samajwadi Party came in the backdrop of SP demanding the resignation of Verma and the DMK ruling out a reconsideration of its stand on withdrawing support from the government.

The government requires the crucial support of SP, which has 22 MPs in Lok Sabha, in the backdrop of DMK pulling out of UPA.

On Wednesday, the SP kept the government on tenterhooks demanding resignation of Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma  for his controversial remarks against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

As Congress leaders made desperate attempts to placate Yadav, the SP chief met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, but both of them played down the meeting, saying they had met to discuss modalities of a programme they have to attend together on March 24.


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