Live: TMC ministers reach 7 RCR, plan dharna
The Samajwadi Party has hinted at continuing giving outside support to the UPA giving the Manmohan Singh regime a reason to smile.
New Delhi: 3.44 pm TMC ministers plan to stage dharna at Jantar Mantar on September 30.
3.43 pm: TMC leaders leave to meet PM at 7 RCR.
3: 10 pm: Future is ours: Sudeep Bandopadhyay.
3: 09 pm: There is no credibility left in the UPA government: TMC MP Sudeep Bandopadhyay.
2: 42 pm: Congress ministers in West Bengal to resign from the state Cabinet at 5 pm on Saturday.
1: 35 pm Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gives Trinamool Congress an appointment at 4 pm on Friday.
1:32 pm: Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy says they have an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee at 4:30 pm.
1:15 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the nation at 8 pm about the recent decisions on economic reforms.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has hinted at continuing giving outside support to the UPA saying he does not want 'communal forces' to come to power, giving the Manmohan Singh regime a reason to smile. The UPA government, which has been reduced to a minority after the Trinamool Congress decided to withdraw its support, can safely cross the half-way mark in the Lok Sabha with Samajwadi Party's support.
Mulayam indirectly made it clear that he won't support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "We are giving support to the Congress so as not to allow the communal forces to come to power," Mulayam said on Friday.
When asked about his reactions to the government's policies, Mulayam said he was against the government's policies, but wanted to keep 'criminal forces' at bay. "We are against the policies of Congress. We are not in UPA, but we support them to keep criminal forces away," Mulayam said.
The Congress is also finalising its strategy with the Trinamool Congress quitting the UPA. The Congress top brass, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi, will meet on Friday evening to decide the future course of action.
A meeting of the Congress Core Group headed by Sonia Gandhi is scheduled in the evening amid reports that Trinamool Congress ministers will be sending their resignations during the day. This is the second meeting of the Congress core group which had met only two days back, a day after Mamata Banerjee announced the withdrawal of support.
Government managers are confident of the numbers even after the withdrawal of support by the 19-member Trinamool Congress, which has been the second largest constituent of the 15-party ruling alliance.