Congress dismisses threat to UPA govt

Despite DMK`s refusal to reconsider its decision to quit the UPA government, Congress on Monday indicated a solution to seat-sharing in Tamil Nadu could emerge in a day or two.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 18:48 PM IST

New Delhi: Despite DMK`s refusal to
reconsider its decision to quit the UPA government, Congress
on Monday indicated a solution to seat-sharing in Tamil Nadu could
emerge in a day or two and dismissed suggestions of a threat to
Manmohan Singh government.

"Have you seen well-established alliances breaking up a
fortnight before election campaigning is to start on an issue
like demand for three more seats?

"It`s not a major issue. We are hopeful the issue will be
resolved tonight or latest by Tuesday night. If it does not
resolve by Wednesday, then there will be indeed serious
problems," a senior party leader said on condition of
anonymity.

The leader also did not attach much importance to DMK`s
possible execution of the threat of its ministers resigning
from the government after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh in the evening.

"Resignations do not make much difference. They can later
also be withdrawn," he said, adding he was "hopeful" of an
early solution to the problem which he described as "nothing
else but hard bargaining for seats so natural in an alliance."

At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi
described as the creation of "minds of fertile imagination"
the talks of a threat to the UPA government.

Asked whether Congress was open to the idea of aligning
with AIADMK, Singhvi remarked, "I am not going into any
speculative and hypothetical question at this stage."

Singhvi`s refrain to a host of questions on the fate of
the alliance, including whether Congress has dumped DMK in a
big brotherly act, was that "there are no new developments.
Our alliance is at the same stage where it was earlier. No new
facts or developments have come so far."

He said that the party has nothing more to say at this
time. "Give us some time. Have a little patience. Let us not
speculate. Let us not go into the details of it now. When we
will have something in due course, we will share it with you,"
he said.

PTI