UPA is intact, not collapsing, asserts Congress

March 20th, 2009 - 10:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Allaying fears of any split in the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party Friday said the coalition was intact and “issues” with its partners would be sorted out soon.
“The UPA is intact. It is not in shambles and it is not collapsing either. We have certain issues with our coalition partners over seat sharing in some states, but this must not be taken as a collapse of the UPA,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

He was replying to a media question whether the UPA was collapsing after the tit-for-tat over seat sharing between the Congress and its allies - Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

The two key constituents of the UPA on Tuesday announced that they would contest the elections in Bihar together. Of 40 seats in Bihar, the RJD kept 25, gave 12 to LJP and left only three for the Congress.

On Wednesday, the Congress retaliated by unilaterally deciding the seat sharing for Jharkhand. Of the 14 seats in the state, the Congress gave five to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), left two for the RJD and nothing for the LJP while taking the remaining seven.

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