`UPA intact; NDA lost half its allies after tenure`
New Delhi: Seeking to turn the tables on BJP for accusing Congress of being arrogant and ignoring its allies, senior party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on said UPA remains intact while NDA lost half of its allies soon after its full term in Government.
"24 parties had come together to form the NDA government in 1999. By 2004, it had only twelve parties with it. On the contrary of all parties, which joined to form the UPA in 2004, not even a single ally left us and we got Trinamool Congress in addition. We have better understanding with our allies in their comparison and that is evident," Chaturvedi said.
Amid fresh strains between Congress and NCP, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar had yesterday said, "Congress does not listen to the voters, does not listen to its own ministers, or its allies or even the Opposition. It has betrayed and let down everybody".
He had also alleged that an "arrogant" Congress only wants to rule with the help of CBI instead of trusting its allies.
However, Chaturvedi, dismissed perceptions of a rift between the two parties as "exaggerated" and expressed confidence that the matter would be resolved in a day or two.
"It is being exaggerated. NCP has itself denied that they have resigned. It is a fact in alliance politics no political party merges its identity into any other party and as such differences of opinion are natural.
Whenever there is an occassion to sort out these differences, it is done through mutual discussions. They (NCP) have said they had some complaint and they have talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. A solution will be found. We will find a way out in a day or two," he said.
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