Eyeing support,Yadav praises Mamata,SP

Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav is going all out to woo non-Congress parties to take on the UPA government on the issues of FDI in retail and diesel price hike

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2012 1:04 am

Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav is going all out to woo non-Congress parties to take on the UPA government on the issues of FDI in retail and diesel price hike.

Praising Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for taking a “tough stand”,he said that if she “had not put her foot down… FDI in mutli-brand retail would have been allowed long back.” He added that they “could not have stalled it”.

Asking the Left parties to clarify its stand,Yadav said: “I am confident that they will not go with the government,but they should announce it.” His appeal seems to be an attempt to end speculation that the Left parties may step in to back the government if Banerjee withdraws support.

Unlike in the past,when NDA leaders have often taken potshots at SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav,the JD(U) leader said: “Mulayam is a hard-working person. The Samajwadi Party is holding on because of its own strength.”

Stating that he had spoken to BSP leader Mayawati this morning,Yadav said he would wait for her to spell out her stand on the Opposition-sponsored bandh. “What she does impacts the whole nation,” he said.

When asked about the Shiv Sena’s decision to stay away from the planned bandh,Yadav said this was on account of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Yadav has sought an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee to petition him against the introduction of FDI in multi-brand retail.

Meanwhile,Yadav also asked the government to cancel all coal block allocations.

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