No threat to stability of UP government: SP
It is alleged that RLD called off the alliance for a political deal with the Congress, reports Masoodul Hasan.Updated: Jan 09, 2007 19:48 IST
PWD minister and Samajwadi Party general secretary Shiv Pal Singh Yadav said that there was no threat to the stability of the state government following resignations of Rashtriya Lok Dal Ministers.
But the Congress claimed that with the RLD's decision the government had been reduced to minority.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, Yadav said that the party wanted to continue alliance with the RLD. However, the RLD was free to take its own decision, Yadav said, and added that the coalition had majority and would complete full term.
Yadav also rebutted the charge of RLD president Chaudhury Ajit Singh of ignoring the interest of the sugarcane farmers in the state.
He said the government had given adequate support price and that payment had been made in time. Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal also said that there was no threat to the stability.
He said the government still had adequate numbers to prove majority on the floor of the House. Agarwal said RLD Cabinet ministers were party to the decision of the support price to sugarcane farmers. He said highest price had been given to the farmers. Agarwal said he was surprised over the decision of the RLD.
The Congress spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said the government was in minority and chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav should resign.
He said Governor TV Rajeswar should also take note of the development in RLD and decide accordingly and that the resignation of all RLD ministers had posed a major question for the existence of the ministry.
He said several political parties had extended support to Yadav to form a secular government, but now all the supporting parties had deserted him.
However, BJP president Kesari Nath Tripathi ridiculed the decision of RLD to quit government on the issue of sugarcane.
Tripathi said support price was decided nearly a month ago and since then the RLD leaders were keeping quiet. Tripathi said with Assembly election fast approaching the party had quit the government. He said the RLD was equally responsible for all anti-farmers policies of the Yadav government. He added that the RLD had taken this decision for a political deal with the Congress.