BSP, SP team up against Congress

Mayawati's outburst against Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari Wednesday is being seen as an attempt by the BSP to force him to suspend SP members opposed to the quota bill and facilitate its passage.

But top BSP sources said the party had entered into an informal understanding with the SP to squeeze the Congress for playing one against the other to wriggle out of tricky situations created by the Opposition.

While Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath is learnt to have met Mayawati to seek her cooperation for the smooth functioning of the House, sources said the BSP leadership felt the ruling party was trying to provoke SP to pin down Mayawati for her outbursts to divert attention from the promotions bill.

SP members, sources said, pointed this to BSP leaders, forcing the BSP to harden its stand. Sources said BSP was even considering reviewing support to the government if it didn't find an amicable solution to the impasse.

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