Lucknow: Slamming the Central government’s policies, BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday put the decision on continuing its outside support to the UPA government on hold after the crucial national executive meeting in Lucknow.

“The party leadership and MPs discussed issues of governance on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning but left the final decision to me," Mayawati told media, adding, "I have been entrusted the responsibility. But this decision will be taken and conveyed to you very soon.

Mayawati’s BSP has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha, has been giving outside support to the UPA government along with Samajwadi Party’s 22 MPs.

Mayawati gave enough indication to suggest that the BSP was unhappy with the Central government. She said the Central government's polices were hurting the interests of religious minorities, the poor, Dalits and other sections of the people.

"We had extended our support to the UPA government in the hope that this government will weaken communal forces... Sadly, right from the beginning, the central government's attitude has been disappointing."

She said the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not taking any firm steps to curb rising prices of food and essential commodities as well as corruption.

She said the party hoped to emerge as "a balance of power" if and when the next parliamentary election is held. "We are confident of that."

FDI issue

Mayawati attacked the government's foreign and economic policies saying its "anti-people" decisions have added to the woes of the people including the deprived, Dalits, minorities and farmers who are facing the brunt of rising prices, growing unemployment and corruption.

On the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, she left the door open on her party backing it.

"If the financial situation of farmers and small traders improves because of FDI, we could welcome it in future but currently we do not support it," the BSP chief said.

"Since the UPA government has not done anything in the interest of the country and the people, it can go all out to woo the electorate by luring them through tall promises which will not really benefit the people. We have to remain vigilant on this count as well," she said.
Maya hits at Mulayam

Mayawati used the occasion to train her guns on the SP government accusing it of turning UP into a "crime state" and alleging that goonda elements jailed by her erstwhile government were being freed.

Maya slams PM

Criticising the statement of the Prime Minister that money does not grow on trees, Mayawati said the Centre cannot shun its responsibilities.
"Instead of putting the burden on the poor and the middle class, it would be better to put some of it on the capitalists and the rich who the government had benefitted from time to time.
"It will be better to put the burden on luxury items instead on the commodities used by common people," she said.

Maya’s allegations on govt

Mayawati accused the government of having a "lackadaisical" approach towards bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks. She said people were also concerned aboutthe recent spate of scams in the country.
On reservation in promotions, Maywati said her party has been fighting for it but the matter is pending in Parliament where the role of Samajwadi Party has been "disgraceful".
Dalit issue

The BSP chief also said no government at the Centre has done anything for landless people in states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and MP where Dalits, backwards and adivasis have been thrown out of their land.
She claimed that this has forced many to become Naxals or choose a wrong course.


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