New Delhi: With Mamata Banerjee set to withdraw support to the government on Friday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar saw no threat to the stability of the UPA coalition and dismissed demands for a special session of Parliament on the issue of FDI in retail.

The Union Agriculture Minister said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had flagged the issues of FDI in retail, hike in diesel prices and a cap on subsidised LPG cylinders at the first meeting of the UPA Coordination Committee also attended by the Trinamool Congress chief.

Pawar's statement is at variance with Banerjee's claim that she was kept in the dark by the Centre on the key issues before it took the controversial decisions.

At the same time he said Banerjee, at the UPA Coordination Committee meeting, had told she would meet the Prime Minister later to give her views on the three issues.

Pawar saw allowing FDI in retail as a "win-win" for both the farmers and the consumers and saw no threat to small traders.

"Farmers would get a better price for their produce and consumers would also get farm products at a lower cost," he said, adding that he was "not among those who would oppose for the sake of opposition".

On the diesel price hike, Pawar said the unpleasant decision was taken as oil marketing companies were facing huge under-recoveries and banks had expressed difficulty in supporting them further if such a situation continued.

On talk in the BJP of convening a special session of Parliament, the NCP chief said, "What is the need for a special session? These are administrative decisions and it could be discussed whenever Parliament convenes. Why the hurry?"

Pawar saw no threat to the government in the wake of the imminent exit of Trinamool Congress.

"I do not see any problem for the government. We have enough numbers to muster majority," he said.

At the same time he said all political parties have to be always ready for polls.

"We have seen governments of 13 days, 13 months and of two years. So, all political parties have to be ready for polls," he said.

Taking a dig at the BJP, which has sizeable support from the trading community, he said the way main Opposition was looking at the issue was understandable given its political base.

He, however, said when the BJP was in power at the Centre a section of leaders of that party favoured FDI in retail.


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