Pondicherry, Sept 23 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, on Sunday, ruled out the possibility of the government falling out, and said the government was in majority as they had the requisite numbers in the parliament.
Speaking to reporters here, Narayanasamy said that despite differences between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had assured them that he would extend support to the Congress-led UPA government till 2014 elections.
"When it comes to Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that he will extend support to the UPA till 2014 elections. That is definite, but there may be differences when it comes to certain subjects. Even if there are differences, we would like to discuss with them and come to a mutual understanding. It is not possible for them to agree on everything. We have 310 seats now and what we need is 273. Apart from BSP and SP, many other parties are also extending their support. Therefore, there is no question of UPA falling," he said.
Narayanasamy blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for hampering development and accused them of resorting to activities that are against the country.
"The actions of BJP show that they are not a credible party. In a democratic country, the people have the rights to protest and show their discontent. BJP, out of frustration of losing in the Centre, have resorted to activities that hamper development of the country. We condemn the BJP people who resort to such activities in Pondicherry. The police should take strict action against these people. If that is not done, then a situation will arise when the Congress leaders will have to take to streets to stop such activities," he said.
Commenting on Commerce Minister Anand Sharma's meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, Narayanasamy said, "Anand Sharma went to Kolkata to meet Mamata Banerjee and explained to her the benefits of FDI. They had a discussion for two hours and how FDI would bring about development in the country. Thus, for Banerjee, to say that FDI was not discussed with her is simply playing politics. She took the decision of withdrawing due to political scenario in her state, which is why she has opposed the reforms of the central government."
Earlier on September 18, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) pulled out its six ministers and 19 lawmakers in Lok Sabha over diesel price hike, capping of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to six per year and opening of retail sector to foreign supermarket chains. (ANI)