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Lalu backs DMK's stand against disinvestment

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 15:20 IST
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday backed the DMK's stand against disinvestment of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) and brushed aside the BJP's charge that Manmohan Singh was a "very weak" Prime Minister.

"Disinvestment is there in the CMP. It is not a question of regional parties...We have to improve things and not make our youths jobless and turn them towards extremism," he told reporters posing the question why Karunanidhi should favour disinvestment.

He was speaking to reporters at the airport on returning from a fortnight-long tour abroad.

To a query that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was upset and facing pressure from UPA allies, he said that the BJP too worked under pressure when it was in power.

He said when national parties lose support, regional parties become important.

On the BJP's cricitism that Manmohan Singh was "very weak" and not in control, Lalu Prasad shot back, "How much was (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) in control. That time only two-three MPs called the shots."

He said on the other hand, the Congress-led coalition was doing better work and would last its full term of five years.