New Delhi: Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday has hinted to support Congress nominee in the race for Presidentship. Samajwadi Party chief signaled his party’s stand tilting towards Congress when he attended a party hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate 3rd anniversary of UPA II government at the centre. 

Yadav has refuted the speculations of joining UPA in near future at least till the Presidential polls are over. Whereas BJD and AIADMK are openly backing the NCP leader PA Sangma and Left parties are yet to clear their stand as they are waiting for the Congress party to declare its candidate for top constitutional post.

Mulayam Singh on Tuesday had also said that his party could extend its support to a Congress nominee provided he is not a bureaucrat.

"One condition, he should not be a bureaucrat," SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters here when asked whether SP would support a Congress candidate.

Yadav replied in the negative to another query whether his party would join the UPA government.

At the 3rd anniversary of UPA II function, outside supporters Yadav and RJD leader Lalu Prasad were seated on the podium along with senior ministers and leaders of parties which have representatives in the cabinet.

Congress managers, however, sought to explain it saying since the leaders were early to arrive at the function, it would have been inappropriate to make them sit among the audience.

"Nothing more should be read into that," they said.

At the dinner, Yadav, Lalu shared the table with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy, DMK leader T R Baalu and Congress veteran Karan Singh.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Minister of State K C Venugopal shared the table with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


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