Have the numbers to run government: PM (Lead)

March 12th, 2012 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) Brushing aside speculation of a mid-term poll, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday expressed confidence that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would complete its term as it had the needed numbers.

“I think dealing with pressure is part of the parliamentary life. I am confident that we have all the numbers that are needed,” Manmohan Singh told reporters ahead of the budget session starting Monday.

He added that he was confident that the budget session would run smoothly.

“We are willing to discuss and debate all issues on the floor of the house. I appeal to all the political parties to work together and cooperate in meeting the challenges and opportunities the country faces,” he said.

The budget session will begin with President Pratibha Patil addressing a joint session of parliament at 11 a.m.

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