UP CM Akhilesh expresses doubt over stability of UPA
Lucknow/Jammu/New Delhi, Mar. 20 : Expressing doubt over the stability of the UPA coalition after its key ally, the DMK, withdrew support over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav would take a final decision on whether to support the government or not.
Yadav said it is a fact the Central Government is in utter chaos and their numbers are declining.
"The numbers of seats are so less that it is a big doubt whether they are in majority. And when it comes to the issue of lending support to the government, our leader (Mulayam Singh Yadav) would take the decision on it," Yadav told the media in Lucknow.
"Our leaders are in Delhi attending the Parliament. In the Parliament itself, the decisions should be taken. But till now, if the party has extended the support it is because of the fear that the communal forces would come to power," he added.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the government was confident that it would complete its full term and there would be no mid-term elections.
"Our government has the majority and it would complete its term. We have many such parties who used to support the UPA Government from outside from the very beginning. Even the parties who have not yet extended their support are also providing their support to the government," Azad told the media in Jammu.
"Thus, the government is stable and we are positive that the government would not have to go for elections before the completion of the term," he added.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on his part said the country is witnessing political turmoil at present.
"A situation of political instability has been created. The government was already in minority and now after the withdrawal of support by the DMK, it is completely in minority. If they want to survive then they need the support of both the SP (Samajwadi Party) and the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party)," Yechury told the media in the national capital.
" Now on what conditions they will survive, they are the best people to answer this question. However, one thing is clear that there is political instability in the country," he added.
The DMK on Tuesday withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.
A five-member DMK delegation headed by T.R. Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M. Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee at 10.30 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.
This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.
Moreover, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma tendering an apology to Mulayam Singh Yadav over his comment can also be seen as an attempt of the UPA to bring the Samajwadi Party to its side.
Verma in the line of fire for his remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today, and expressed regret for his comment.
With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha. The Samajwadi Party has 22 Lok Sabha MPs.