Kolkata: Congress on Wednesday reacted cautiously on Samajwadi Party diatribes against the party saying that it still believed that SP was an ally of the ruling UPA and it was entitled to air its views.

"Frankly, we still believe that SP is our ally. We believe that though it is an ally, it is entitled to air its views. And, it is airing its views. We have nothing more to say," Congress leader and Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

"Congress has taken care of the country for more than 60 years and we hope that we will do so for the next 60 years," Sibal said when a correspondent told him that SP chief Mulayam Singh had said that it was in the opposition and also targetted the Congress-led UPA on various counts including over coal block allocations and alleged corruption.

Addressing a party national executive meeting, the SP supremo said that Congress' reputation has been tarnished throughout the country due to a number of scams.

Earlier on Tuesday, he said his party was fulfilling the role of the opposition by questioning the policies of the UPA government.

(Agencies)

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