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Samajwadi Party not supporting, but tolerating UPA-II

india Updated: May 22, 2010 20:40 IST

Describing the UPA-II as a "non-working" government, Samajwadi Party today said it was not supporting it but just "tolerating" it to keep parties like BJP at bay.

"The party is not supporting the UPA government, but tolerating it to stop right reactionary forces from capturing power at the Centre," SP spokesman Mohan Singh told reporters on the second day of the party's three-day National Council meeting here.

He alleged that UPA-II government had become "non-working" as it included "absentee ministers" like Mamata Banerjee and M K Alagiri.

Describing railway as the lifeline of the country, he said it should be looked after by a serious minister.

Asked to compare Banerjee with her predecessor, Lalu Prasad, the SP leader said the RJD chief was better as Railway minister.

He said that Alagiri did not attend Parliament session and was out of the country.

On the controversial remarks made by Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh in China, he said the Prime Minister seemed to have no control over his ministers.