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Good understanding among UPA partners, says Pawar

india Updated: May 15, 2010 15:34 IST
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NCP chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said despite some difference of opinion among UPA partners on certain issues, there was good understanding between them.

"I don't see any problem in DMK, NCP and Trinamool Congress, besides Congress in UPA-II. I don't see any problem, forget about any local issues, otherwise I don't see any major political differences," Pawar said during an interaction with reporters here at Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).

He said most of the differences seemed to be within the Congress itself and made a special mention of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh's controversial comments on Home Ministry's policies against Chinese companies.

"Beyond that, the understanding within the government set up is absolutely good... the leadership has full support of all members and there is a perfect understanding between each individual," Pawar said in reply to a query on whether he thinks UPA-I was more cohesive than UPA-II.

Interestingly, Pawar was at the receiving end of Congress barbs recently when one of their spokespersons accused him of not doing enough to control sugar prices.

"No one feels that this is a government which consists of different political parties. In fact, this is one political team," he said.

He defended Home Minister P Chidambaram's approach towards tackling the naxal menace.

"Whatever policy has been announced is not individual policy, but we all have agreed and we all are part of it," Pawar said.

He said the biggest achievement in the UPA government was stability for five years and continuously achieving the growth rate for the "welfare of all". About failures, he said there are some areas where the government has not been able to achieve what it had targeted but did not enumerate them.

Pawar maintained that the era of single party rule has gone and regional parties are here to stay. He also ruled out any merger with the Congress which was being talked about in certain political circles.