New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) Ruling out the withdrawal of support to the UPA Government over the Jamia Nagar encounter issue, the Samajwadi Party today said there was no threat to the survival of the Manmohan Singh government.
The party also said it will solidly back UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in her confrontation with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati.
''We are not blackmailers. We extended the support to the Government on the nuclear deal in national interest, so there was no question of support withdrawal,'' he told reporters coming out of the second meeting of the UPA-SP coordination panel.
He said although some members of the minority community had urged the Samajwadi Party to pull off its support when he had visited Jamia Nagar after the terrorist encounter there, but he had told them that it was not a child's play and advised them to wait for findings of a judicial probe which his party was demanding.
The SP leader said his party today reiterated its demand for a judicial probe into the Jamia Nagar encounter at the coordination panel meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chirperson Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs Minister Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony besides Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chauhan. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also took part in the meeting.
He said he raised the issue of minority insecurity in general and tried to impress upon the Prime Minister that the safety of Muslims and other minorities was not a matter that concerned only them, as it was going to affect the majority community too, because in a country torn with communal strife, nobody could live happily.
Reacting to National Security Adviser M K Narayanan's views on the Jamia Nagar encounter, Mr Amar Singh sought to clarify that for the party there was no doubt over the martyrdom of Inspector Sharma, but there were several question marks over the way the encounter was done, and that's why a judicial probe was a must.
On the UP seat-sharing talks with the Congress for the coming Lok Sabha elections, Mr Singh said he was hopeful that matters would be sorted out soon.
''Seat sharing is not an issue at all. It will be done. Everything would be alright,'' he added.
The SP leader said he had complete faith in the Prime Minister, Ms Sonia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi, and was not concerned about what other Congress leaders were thinking or saying.
He also said his party would stand solidly behind Ms Gandhi if Ms Mayawati tried to harass her in Uttar Pradesh.
The issue of SEZ was also raised with the government, he said.
The second coordination panel meeting lasted for about two hours.
The panel was formed immediately after the Manmohan Singh Government won the trust vote on the nuclear deal mainly due to the support of the SP. It was needed as the SP refused to join the government and extend support from outside.
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