We have the numbers, government asserts

September 21st, 2012 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) The government Friday said it had the numbers and was not in a minority as the Trinamool Congress was set to formally withdraw from the UPA.

Both Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal exuded confidence of the government having the necessary numbers in the 545-member Lok Sabha despite the Trinamool with its 19 MPs withdrawing.

“We have the numbers,” Bansal told NDTV.

Khurshid denied that the UPA government would be reduced to a minority after losing the support of its second biggest ally.

“We are not a minority government.. a minority government has to be proved to be a minority government… and the arithmetic points to us not being in a minority because of support of other parties,” Khurshid told NDTV.

He added: “The support of other parties is there, unless they say they are not on board.”

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has asserted the UPA has the support of over 300 MPS.

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