inside image Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) is not joining the Congress led central government, said party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Mulayam Singh said, in response to persistent queries if the SP was planning to join the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government."We are not joining the government".

He quickly added that his party was backing the central government from the outside only to prevent "communal forces" from taking power in New Delhi.

The Congress is reportedly keen that the SP join the coalition formally Mulayam Singh Yadav has 22 MPs in the Lok Sabha, which would more than offset the 19 MPs that the troublesome Trinamool Congress threatens to withdraw regularly.

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