New Delhi: Asserting that United Progressive Alliance is not disintegrating, minister for external affairs Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said it “was very much intact” while at the same time the National Democratic Alliance is breaking.
Addressing a press conference, Mukherjee said, “UPA is not a political entity and it is very much intact... it is not disintegrating”.
The veteran Congress leader said even though there were hiccups in seat sharing talks between Congress and its alliance partners like Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar respectively, the alliance was still in place.
“During their press conference held recently in Lucknow, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Lokshakti Janata Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan, have reiterated their support to UPA. Therefore it is not disintegrating,” Mukherjee said.
He added at the same time, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal and Telugu Desam Party, all these have left the NDA, which is breaking.
“Sonia Gandhi as chairperson of UPA is coordinating at her level while I as floor leader in Lok Sabha, am trying to coordinate with other floor leaders in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, to strengthen the UPA,” Mukherjee said.
“Development of rural infrastructure through Bharat Nirman has been achieved successfully... there is a difference between performance and commitment, Mukherjee said.
Referring to BJP’s 2004 “India Shining” election campaign, he said, “Though we are not using terms like India Shining, we have been successful.”