Mulayam says 'no plans to withdraw support to UPA Govt.'

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 15:10 hrs

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said that he has no plans now to withdraw support to the Congress-led UPA II Government at the Centre.

"Relations have not soured. Right now withdrawing support has not been discussed in the party. Now there is no question of SP withdrawing support to the UPA Government," Yadav told a news channel in an interview.

"Why withdraw support and make the government fall when it's a matter of just eight-nine months," he added.

To a poser on whether he wanted to become the country's Prime Minister, Yadav said that he has never thought of it nor he is thinking about it now.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) chief had earlier evinced interest in forming a Third Front of political parties committed to social change in Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

"A coalition government is the need of the country, as no single party can come to power at Centre on its own strength," he said.

The UPA Government earlier in the day reached out to the Samajwadi Party (SP) with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram lauding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and assuring full central assistance.

Amid speculation that the Samajwadi Party might pull out of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, Chidambaram assured the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as well as Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav that the Centre stands committed to the state's development.

"You have a young chief minister. He started his tenure well. I think he has now understood the size of the problems of UP and I am sure he and his team will do their best to bring UP up in every single way," said Chidambaram.

"And I want to take this opportunity to assure the chief minister and his team as well as the President of their party 'Netaji' (Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav) that the Government of India is committed to stand by Uttar Pradesh in the development of Uttar Pradesh," he added.

Chidambaram, who was speaking at the inauguration of 300 bank branches in Lucknow, also hinted that the Centre would lay emphasis on the development projects in Uttar Pradesh.

"I know that UP has large financial needs. This morning the Chief Minister and the officials sat with me and went over a number of proposals. Many of the proposals concerned other ministries and departments. But I have promised them that when I get back to Delhi, I will look into each of the proposals," said Chidambaram.

"In an about one or two weeks we should be able to get an idea of where these proposals stand, then I will invite the Chief Minister and officials of the Government of UP to come and meet us in to Delhi," he added.

Chidambaram said Uttar Pradesh is in many ways India's most important state.

"It has a population of little over 20 crores. Its land mass is only next to I think Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh. In many ways, UP's development, UP's progress will determine India's development, India's progress," said Chidambaram.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who arrived in New Delhi late on Thursday night after taking part in the fifth BRICS summit in Durban, talked to the media on board, and said that the government is stable and will complete its full five-year term.

"Obviously, coalitions face issues. Sometimes, they give the impression that these arrangements are not very stable and I cannot deny that those possibilities exist. But I am confident our government will complete five years and that the next Lok Sabha elections will take place on schedule," Dr. Singh said.

The Congress-led UPA Government has been in a minority since September last year when Mamata Banerjee pulled out her Trinamool Congress over the Centre's economic reforms, including opening the retail sector to foreign super-chains like Wal-Mart.

The DMK also earlier this month withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.

This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.

The Samajwadi Party provides outside support to the UPA. (ANI)

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