Governor E.S.L Narasimhan on Wednesday denied that the Congress government had become unstable after the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) announced withdrawal of support to the ruling party.
Mr. Narasimhan said he did not see any political uncertainty in the State. “All the welfare schemes and developmental programmes are being implemented as usual. When life is normal in the State, where is the question of instability and uncertainty?” he said.
Mr. Narasimhan’s comments came in light of a section of political parties demanding that the ruling party seek for a floor test in the Legislative Assembly as it had lost its majority in the House. The Congress government is presently surviving on a wafer thin majority by enjoying the support of five MLAs more than the simple majority of 148 in the 294-member Assembly.
The Governor was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the Andhra Pradesh Science Congress jointly hosted by the Acharya Nagarjuna University and AP Akademi of Sciences here on Thursday.
Replying to a question, the Governor said he had not received any letter from the MIM indicating withdrawal of its support to the government led by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Asked about the frequent instances of MLAs switching loyalties to other parties, he said: “I am not the one to regulate them. I have no comments on this.”
The Governor said a new set of guidelines had been framed by the University Grants Commission to curb corrupt practices in universities and added that a committee would soon be formed in the State in line with UGC norms.