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No threat to SP Govt in UP: Mulayam

Mulayam Singh Yadav said that departure of RLD from the ruling alliance would not have any adverse impact on stability of his government, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 15:45 IST

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday saidthat departure of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) from the ruling alliance would not have any adverse impact on stability of his government. Yadav said the government was firmly in saddle.

Addressing a press conference Yadav said there was no communication gap with the RLD chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh and even SP leader Amar Singh was always in touch with him. Yadav did not see any reason about the unhappiness of Ajit Singh with him.

The chief minister said the Congress was angry with him and now Ajit Singh had also gone the same way. “I don’t know what happened to Ajit Singh”, Yadav quipped. Yadav said even now he had no reservation in meeting him. Yadav said there was no deadlock on any issue on his end.

Referring to summoning of special session of state assembly on January 15, the chief minister said the Cabinet was within its right to cancel its earlier recommendation to the Governor TV Rajeswar to prorogue the House. He said the Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey had already issued notice to summon the House on January 15. Yadav said the alliance had been continuing and he would prove the majority on the floor of the House. He said session had been reconvened as some important legislative works had come up. Yadav said he had so far not received resignation letters of the RLD ministers.

The chief minister said the decision to increase support price of sugarcane from Rs 120 to Rs 130 per quintal was taken at the Cabinet meeting in the presence of the RLD ministers. Yadav said these ministers had supported the decision. He said the state government had given maximum facilities to all farmers and especially to sugarcane farmers during the last three years.

He said hike in support price was taken after considering all pros and cons of sugar industry. He said since sugar price in market had come down the industrialists were not in a position to increase more price of sugarcane. He said any problem to sugar mills would ultimately affect the farmers.

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First Published: Jan 10, 2007 15:45 IST