No withdrawal of outside support to UPA on ordinance: RJD
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RJD on Wednesday said it was hurt by the impression that the controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers was brought to save party president Lalu Prasad but said would "neither withdraw support to UPA nor rock the boat of Jharkhand government".
"It is an internal matter of Congress and UPA and we have nothing to do with it (likely withdrawal of ordinance)," RJD Vice President Raghubansh Prasad Singh said.
Asked if RJD would withdraw its outside support to UPA II in the event of withdrawal of the ordinance, Singh said "what is our hashiyat (strength)? We are at present only a four-member party. We are supporting UPA from outside to safeguard secularism, so why shall we back out from it?
Singh, who returned to the national capital after remaining in Ranchi for the past three days in the wake of a CBI court pronouncing Lalu Prasad guilty in a fodder scam case and sending him to jail, said "we strongly criticise the impression that the ordinance was brought to save the RJD President".
"We fought against Congress in Bihar in the last parliamentary and assembly elections so why shall we expect any help from them"? Singh, tipped to take over as RJD Parliamentary party leader in Lok Sabha in the event of disqualification of Lalu Prasad, said.
Rather if there was any political consideration involved in bringing ordinnce, it could have been to protect Congress minority leader Rashid Masood Singh, who had served as union minister in UPA I, he said.
RJD Secretary General Ramkripal Yadav also echoed similar views. "There is no question of withdrawal of outside support to Manmohan Singh government or rock the boat of Jharkhand coalition government in the wake of the ordinance controversy," Yadav, Rajya Sabha member and a confidant of Lalu Prasad said.