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BJP’s tough stand forces Mayawati to climb down


Tuesday 29 July 2003

Article paru dans Outlook India, ?dition du 29 juillet 2003.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other senior BJP leaders are believed to have taken a strong stand against the "arm-twisting tactics" of the BSP at their meeting with UP Chief Minister Mayawati here tonight, following which the latter climbed down from her demand for the dismissal of Union Tourism Minister Jagmohan.

Party sources said both Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani took strong exception to the "irresponsible behaviour" of BSP MPs in the Lok Sabha which did not "behove a coalition partner" and gave an opportunity to the opposition to mock at the NDA.

Mayawati who sought to defend her MPs during the two hour meeting was virtually "cornered" by the BJP leaders who conveyed to her that "the Dharma of coalition politics" envisaged mutual respect for each other and airing of grievances only between each other.

Already under pressure from their state leaders over the continuation of the alliance with BSP, the BJP leaders are understood to have told her that they had constraints and could stretch the patience only upto a point.

The party’s decision to take a final decision on the issue only after the meeting of the Parliamentary Board was aimed not only at reassuring the party members that the coalition would not compromise on their self-respect but also to tell Mayawati that it was not enough to maintain good ties with central leaders but also with the state leaders.

Interestingly, while Mayawati told mediapersons that the issue has been sorted out, Naidu left all decisions to the parliamentary board while broadly hinting that the crisis has blown over.

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