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Analysis: Sworn enemies could decide fate of weakened Indian government

Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav waves to his supporters after he filed his nomination at Mainpuri in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in this April 17, 2009 file photo. The Samajwadi Party (SP) is led by Yadav, 72, a former wrestler who harbours prime ministerial ambitions. He opposes many of the government's economic reforms but supports Singh's coalition to block the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition in parliament. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav waves to his supporters after he filed his nomination at Mainpuri in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in this April 17, 2009 file photo. The Samajwadi Party (SP) is led by Yadav, 72, a former...more

Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav waves to his supporters after he filed his nomination at Mainpuri in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in this April 17, 2009 file photo. The Samajwadi Party (SP) is led by Yadav, 72, a former wrestler who harbours prime ministerial ambitions. He opposes many of the government's economic reforms but supports Singh's coalition to block the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition in parliament. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati smiles after her birthday celebrations in New Delhi in this January 15, 2008 file photo. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is led by Mayawati, 56, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who goes by only one name and is as famous for building sandstone statues of herself and for her love of designer shoes as she is for championing the cause of India's Dalits, who are on the lowest rung of India's caste hierarchy. She has also opposed many of the economic reforms. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani/Files

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati smiles after her birthday celebrations in New Delhi in this January 15, 2008 file photo. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is led by Mayawati, 56, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who goes by only one name...more

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati smiles after her birthday celebrations in New Delhi in this January 15, 2008 file photo. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is led by Mayawati, 56, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who goes by only one name and is as famous for building sandstone statues of herself and for her love of designer shoes as she is for championing the cause of India's Dalits, who are on the lowest rung of India's caste hierarchy. She has also opposed many of the economic reforms. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani/Files
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