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We will last full term: PM

The exit of a key ally has spelled uncertainties, but the UPA government will last its full term and carry on with reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday, but declined comment if he will agree to a third term in office.

‘Obviously coalitions face issues,’ the prime minister said when asked if his government had weakened after the exit of DMK and the alliance’s resort to outside support from SP and BSP.

‘Sometimes, they give the impression that these arrangements are not very stable arrangements and I cannot deny that those possibilities exist. But I am confident that our government will complete full five years,’ he said. But did he also feel reforms can continue under these circumstances?

‘Reforms certainly have to take into account the fact that we don’t have the majority to get the parliament to approve some of our reform proposals,’ he said.

Meanwhile, in the first high-level contact with the new Chinese leadership, Manmohan met president Xi Jinping and raised the issue of Beijing’s proposal to construct three dams across the Brahmaputra river on its side. Singh called on Xi on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Durban. The PM is understood to have conveyed to Xi concerns in India over the Chinese proposal to construct dams.
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