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UPA has the requisite numbers: Manmohan

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. File photo
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. File photo

As the government prepares to face the opposition in Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today exuded confidence that the UPA has “all the numbers” that are needed to tackle issues.

“I think pressure is part of parliamentary life. We are willing to discuss and debate all issues on the floor of Parliament,” he said ahead of the start of the Budget Session.

“I am confident that we have all the numbers that are needed,” the Prime Minister asserted.

Dr. Singh appealed to all political parties to work together in the spirit of cooperation and meet the enormous challenges and opportunities that the country faces.

The Budget session portends a tough time for the government against the backdrop of reverses the Congress suffered at the Assembly elections and the possibility of issues like federalism bringing unlikely forces together.

The Congress heading the UPA may not be in a position to take even the allies for granted with a key coalition constituent Trinamool making it clear it was against a cut in fertiliser subsidy and rise in petroleum prices. Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has also joined non-Congress chief ministers in opposing the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

With Congress under pressure in the wake of its debacle in the Assembly polls, Opposition leaders have hinted that the session would see floor coordination between allies of Congress, its supporting parties and the opposition on the issue of federalism.

The Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi face an unenviable task in the three-month long session which will commence with President Pratibha Patil’s customary address to the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

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Well, OPPOSITION is the Spinal Cord of Democracy. It is the essence of a
debate, even if the opp is corrupt they try to make possible put all pressures on the government that pushes them to work harder and more.
Ultimate benefit(whatsoever the amount) is for the people. So Mr. PM be
ready as when your government is in severe criticism from the people
only, just imagine the condemning that you will receive from the opp.

from:  Y.P.Baghel
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 20:12 IST

The Congress did very badly in the recent polls. The party will have to look beyond the Gandhis for leadership.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 16:41 IST

The leaders of parliament(both government and opposition) must rise to
the occasion, the pulse of the nation is one for unity, it is for
action, and so the leaders of parliament must set the tone in their
opening speeches, and clearly promise the nation
that this session of parliament will not only witness good debate, but
there will be delivery of good pieces of legislation
the right tone must be set
Indians are watching
the world is watching
And to the editors of all newspapers, and TV channels , this is all I
have to say, there come moments when you too have to
unite(irrespective of your political tilt-- right, centre or
left),this is a time when you too have to deliver by uniting the
nation, and sending its message to our parliament
that India's wants this session to deliver more , than any previous
session of parliament
that is the pulse of the nation,that is the hope of a billion people
we want parliament to deliver,and deliver now

from:  raj
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 16:22 IST

If a third front emerges, it ll diminish the chance of BJP coming to
power.It ll be good for the nation if BJP cooperates with the government
to pass several pending educational bills,NCHRH bill etc. People might
get worked up at wastage of precious time of Parliament. Some time
people are silent watchers and make a decisive role at the time
elections. National interest should not be compromised for sake of
opposing and opposing good bills is bad for the country

from:  J M Jeyaraj
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 15:56 IST

The question is not whether UPA has majority or not. The question here is is opposition playing a constructive role for the country, keeping aside their petty political dreams? People of India will have to understand. The stand of opposition should not be to be an obstacle in the path of the ruling government but it should play a constructive role towards the development.
Sometimes it is hard for the ruling party to see what is lacking in the efforts of the government. That is where the true role of opposition comes. They have to remember that people of India don't want to know what the other party has NOT done. We want to know what you have DONE.

from:  Piyush Gurung
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 15:04 IST

Party politics is not a major issue to discuss now . The PM is responsible towards the country ,not the party he belongs to . Instead of offending UPA , Mr. Manmohan singh should concentrate on other major issues of the country .

from:  damini
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 14:32 IST

If UPA has enough numbers then it should not worry about opposition. The problem is that Mr. Singh is fully aware that UPA does not have the numbers and it needs opposition's support.

from:  Shiv Shankar Dayal
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 13:32 IST

India's parliament must unite and deliver a successful session of
good pieces of legislation must be passed
the world is watching very very carefully
A parliament (both government and opposition)that functions will be
respected across the globe
A dysfunctional parliament and India will be the subject of laughter
across the world
Parliament must deliver for the sake of the country

from:  raj
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 13:17 IST

doing opposition for the sake of political gains is not good for democracy. it looks like the opposition is against major reforms the govt is planning to take. the conditions worldwide are not at all good and this cases opposition and govt should work together

from:  neha
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 12:02 IST

The people of this country deserve a better government,one led ably by a Prime Minister who knows their needs and aspirations and who can along with his ministerial colleagues satisfy these. Such a government will have its finger tips not only on the pulse of the powerful head of the ruling party and the budiness tycoons but also on that of the ordinary people of the country. In a democracy the government "serves the people" and not "rule over them". By the way does democracy in real terms exist in this country? Can we refer to those who run the UPA government as "servants of the people"?

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 11:19 IST

Fro Present five states public mandate, it is clear that UPA is now in no more majority. They are surviving with black money power. So all opposition party should come closer to fight unitedly. Third front is not possible as every body want to be prime minister. BJP want, Trulamula Congress wants, CPM want , like that every party wants that PM should be from their party. Congress is taking advantages of this inner fighting.For this situation congress is ruling the country. Time has now come to learn a lesson.

from:  Satyanarayan Behera
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 11:16 IST

It is perfectly fine for the Opposition parties to oppose the Govt., on policy issues. But if they want to block every move of the Govt. just to make it dysfunctional, then they are doing a great disservice to democracy and to the Nation. We need to understand that, the recent electoral setbacks not withstanding, the UPA has the people's mandate run the Government.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 11:04 IST
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