Steps initiated to sort out differences over nuclear deal: Union Minister
Narayanasamy denies that the Cabinet is a “divided house”
Plan panel advisers to visit States to monitor schemes
PUDUCHERRY: Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V. Narayanasamy on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been “daydreaming” that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule would come to a close prematurely, owing to the Left’s stiff opposition to the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
However, the Manmohan Singh government would complete its full term, as the Congress leadership and the Prime Minister had initiated steps to sort out the differences between the UPA and the Left on the issue.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr.Narayanasamy said BJP leaders had been speaking in different voices on the nuclear deal. Leaders including former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha opposed the deal in its entirety while senior leader of the party L.K.Advani was in favour of evolving a consensus on the issue, he said.
He appealed to the Left parties to reconsider their stand on the deal in view of the importance of nuclear energy for ensuring the nation’s progress.
The Bahujan Samaj Party’s decision to withdraw support would in no way affect the stability of the UPA government, he said.
Replying to queries on the prevailing political situation in the Union Territory, Mr.Narayanasamy denied that the Cabinet was a “divided house.” Asked about reports on differences between Chief Minister N.Rangasamy and his Cabinet colleagues, he said the contentious issues could be sorted out through discussions.
On the announcement made by Leader of the Opposition A.M.H. Nazeem that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MLAs would seek the intervention of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to “re-rail” the administration in the Union Territory, he said the move would not affect the image of the Congress.
Mr. Narayanasamy came down heavily on the persons who had let loose violence in Mr.Rangasamy’s home constituency, Thattanchavadi, on Friday in the wake of rumours [that the Chief Minister had decided to step down].
He had already taken it up with the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police.
He would also urge the Chief Minister to take action within 48 hours against those who had spread the rumours and against the persons who had indulged in violent protests such as road-roko, stone throwing in which a child was injured and obstructing the movement of the public.
The “trouble makers” should be identified and brought to book, irrespective of their political affiliation, he said.
Attributing “laxity on the part of police” to the violent incidents, he said the police should act efficiently and in a non-partisan manner to maintain law and order.
To a query, he said the Central government had received complaints from different States including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Orissa with regard to the implementation of a total of 14 Centrally-sponsored schemes.
The 20 advisers of the Planning Commission would undertake visits to the States to submit a report on the progress of these schemes, besides conducting the midterm review by July end, he said.
Mr.Narayanasamy said he would also visit Orissa, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Puducherry from the end of this month to September to review the implementation of plans and submit a report to the Prime Minister.