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[ZESTCaste] Digvijay thanks and praises Maya for her support in LS

Digvijay thanks and praises Maya for her support in LS
Piyush Srivastava
Lucknow, April 30, 2010

Ever since Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati had extended
her support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on the cut
motions in the Lok Sabha, there has been a definite shift in the
Congress' stance towards her.

Till recently, the Congress in Uttar Pradesh had been going hammer and
tongs at the state chief minister and blaming her for the misrule.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had even flagged off 10 Rath
Yatras in Uttar Pradesh to bring to light the plight of the common man
under Mayawati's rule.

But all that has changed and going by the tone of Congress general
secretary Digvijay Singh, confrontation has now given way to
appreciation and indulgence. " I thank her for supporting us and
standing with the secular forces," Singh said in Lucknow on Thursday.

The support of her 21 MPs had been crucial as the UPA government at
the Centre defeated the BJP- sponsored cut motions on the price rise
on Tuesday.

Earlier, Singh had blamed the BSP for its anti-farmer attitude and
criticised Mayawati for misusing public money in parks and memorials.
But he has suitably toned down his rhetorics and suggested ways at
improving her governance.

"We will support her if she takes up public issues. We welcome her for
taking up the issue of criminalisation of politics and support her
effort to clean the BSP of criminal elements. We want to say that she
should try to improve the law and order situation in the state,"
Singh, the Congress leader in charge of UP, said.

Singh made an appeal to the CM to protect the rights of peasants and
tried to alert her that mine and mineral mafias are stripping the
state of crores of rupees.

Singh, though, claimed that Mayawati's support to the UPA would not
dilute the spirit of the Rath Yatras. " Don't forget that the BSP has
been supporting us since 2009.

There is nothing new in Mayawati's fresh support to the UPA," Singh said.

Regrets Maoist remark:

Digvijay Singh on Thursday expressed regret over causing embarrassment
to the party and the government with his newspaper article on the
Naxal menace in which he had criticised home minister P. Chidambaram's
handling of the issue.

"He (Chidambaram) has been my friend for a long time and still remains
so. The timing of the write- up was such that the government and the
party both faced embarrassment for which I express regret," Singh
said. In a strongly- worded article, Singh had earlier this month
questioned Chidambaram's strategy of treating the Naxal issue as a law
and order problem and described the minister as " extremely rigid and
having intellectual arrogance".

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