SP, UPA don?t need each other: Amar

SAMAJWADI PARTY general secretary Amar Singh made it clear on Tuesday that the UPA Government was not dependent on the SP?s support at the Centre. Similarly, the Congress support to the Mulayam Singh Government in the State had no meaning, he said.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 01:26 IST

SAMAJWADI PARTY general secretary Amar Singh made it clear on Tuesday that the UPA Government was not dependent on the SP’s support at the Centre.

Similarly, the Congress support to the Mulayam Singh Government in the State had no meaning, he said.

Both parties knew they could not dislodge each other from power, he told newspersons here on Tuesday.

However, he expressed surprise at the continued Left Front support to the UPA, as there was no coordination between the two.

He claimed that the SP-sponsored general strike against the recent fuel price hike was successful.

Singh said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s opposition to the hike in petroleum products did not hold water, as she was responsible for the hike.

Singh said, “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a committed worker of Sonia Gandhi, and he cannot go against her wishes.”

Referring to some Congress-ruled States’ move to slash sales tax on petrol and diesel, Singh ruled out any such possibility in UP. He said the UPA Government would compensate the Congress-ruled States for the revenue loss.

But, UP would get no such compensation for revenue loss because of the SP-Congress hostility, he added.

He said without the Left Front there was no possibility of forming an alternative front. It was for this reason that the SP was with the CPM, he explained.

However, he refused to comment on the CPI’s unhappiness with the State Government. Singh said the VP Singh-led Jan Morcha Alliance had no future in the State.

He also attacked Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari for launching the UP United Democratic Front. Singh said Bukhari had a history of switching sides and referred to the Imam’s support to the BSP and the BJP.

Earlier, Singh addressed a party workers’ rally against the price hike at the Collectorate.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 01:26 IST