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Maya's strategy is to play the waiting game
Mayawati has postponed her decision on whether or not to support the UPA Government at the Centre. She was supposed to take a decision in this regard but she has again shelved the idea of arriving at a concrete course of action.

MAYAWATI HAS announced that she will do so at the opportune moment. And when that opportune moment comes would depend upon the direction that her politics of opportunism takes in the coming months. That seems to be her strategy. While Mayawati is certainly ambitious to boost the fortunes of her party, at the same time she is also aware of the personal threats she faces because of the several challenges she is encountering on the legal front.

The UPA is right now in need of her support. Hence, she can exercise some sort of pressure on the Government at the Centre to be sensitive to the demands of the BSP and also to take care of her personal interests as well. But if there is a mid-term poll and the next Government at the Centre adopts a coercive stand against her and the BSP, things may become difficult for her and her party.

Her apprehension might be revolving round the possibility of a Third Front coming to power in which Mulayam could play a leading role. In case, by sheer compulsion of circumstances, Mulayam becomes the Prime Minister then, with son Akhilesh ruling the state, it may indeed become extremely difficult for her to survive even in UP.

Her present calculations could be that Manmohan is far better than Mulayam. But Mayawati did create suspense which seemed to have scared the NCP chief Sharad Pawar so much that he asked his party-men to be prepared for a mid-term poll as that could be declared any moment. He too must have heaved a sigh of relief on learning that Maya has deferred the decision. Right now it seems no party is ready for a mid-term poll. The BJP is not at all sure how it will contest the elections with a divided house It cannot make up its mind about whom to project as its prime ministerial candidate.

Its star candidate Narendra Modi has reached the top by virtue of pursuing the communal agenda, which is a blatant fact, no matter how much he tries to mask it with his achievements in the sphere of development. Advani on the other hand is asking his flock to project a secular image so as to draw more supporters for the NDA.

Although all parties are talking about a mid-term poll few seem to be actually wanting it. That stands for the BSP as well. No wonder the Samajwadi's reaction to Mayawati's statement was that this was expected and that she will go on prolonging the suspense but will not withdraw support till 2014. The Congress too is hoping that this will go on and that within the remaining period the UPA may be able to recover lost ground by taking the necessary corrective measures.

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