To help the Congress break the impasse on the leadership issue, the
three-MLA strong Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday offered "unconditional
support" to it in Uttarakhand and expressed desire to share power. "On the
direction of Mayawati, our party has decided to give full support to
Congress," state BSP president Surajmal said.
The Congress with 32 MLAs in the 70-member House enjoys support of three
independents and a lone Uttarakhand Kranti Dal member to reach the magic
mark of 36.
The party has already staked claimed to form government and governor
Margaret Alva said she would invite Congress once it elects a new CLP
Surajmal said his party would like to join the new government. "We will
like to share power with Congress," he said. "As for the rest of the
modalities regarding power sharing, it can be chalked out with senior
Congress leaders," he added.
BSP's decision assumes significance as the three supporting independents
have promised to back the Congress only if it made candidates of their
choice the chief minister.
Since each independent has his separate choice of candidate for the top
post, the Congress is finding it difficult to make the choice as the party
itself is dogged by factionalism over the leadership issue. "We welcome
the move by BSP to support Congress," state Congress spokesman Surendra