No threat to UPA's survival, says Lalu
Ruling out any threat to the survival of the UPA government, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said the alliance has majority support and it will be proved in Parliament.
"The Left has its own own ideological compulsion and that is why they have decided to withdraw support. But it will not affect the government as we have numbers to prove majority," Prasad told reportersin New Delhi.
About the fate of the nuclear deal, he said, "N-deal is very much on. The deal is essential for the government as we need energy."
Terming the timing of the withdrawal as "not proper", he said, "When the country's Prime Minister is away, it should not have happened. They should have waited for the PM to return at least."
Allaying apprehensions about the N-deal, he said "by going ahead with the deal we are not surrendering our sovereignty or our dignity".
Taking a dig at the BJP, he said the saffron party is known for its pro-American stance while "we have criticised US policies many times in the past and we will continue to do so, if required".
Thanking the Left for the support they rendered to the government in the last four-and-half-years, he said "we are grateful to them for their support to us in fighting against communal forces".
On general elections, he said they will be held in time and "we will be winners again as youth and farmers are with us".
Highlighting the government's achievements, he said several measures have been taken for the welfare of the common man and many schemes are being implemented in this direction.