The Left's withdrawal of support to the UPA government notwithstanding, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Wednesday exuded confidence that the government will win the trial of strength in Parliament.
"The government is safe.... If it were not so, I would not be in Patna.... Everything has been arranged for (victory) and the Manmohan Singh government will prove its majority in the House despite the best efforts of the Opposition to pull it down," a relaxed Lalu said addressing a gathering after inaugurating the 7th regional office of CBSE in Patna.
"The UPA government will last its full term and elections will be held on time in April. People will give a befitting reply to the communal forces trying to grab power through back door," Lalu, whose RJD with 24 MPs in the Lok Sabha is the largest non-Congress UPA constituent in the House, said.
Lalu, keen on avoiding burning bridges with the Communists, said RJD's relations with them would be "as smooth and cordial as ever."
"Char saal pehle hamein tumse pyaar tha, aaj bhi hai aur kal bhi rahega," (we were in love four years ago, and so we will be today and tomorrow), he said.
In an apparent reference to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who had recently stated that he was enjoying the "drama" being enacted in New Delhi to save the government, Prasad said "those thinking of early elections and imminent fall of the UPA government are living in fool's paradise."