Shaky Indian government wins support of powerful regional group amid reforms

NEW DELHI – A key political party says it will still support Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s shaky government despite disagreement over recent economic reforms.

Singh’s coalition was plunged into turmoil this week after one of its allies withdrew its support. The government now only controls a minority of seats in Parliament and is reliant on the support of several outside parties.

Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party told reporters Friday he would continue to support the government from outside the coalition even though he disagreed with its decision to open the retail market to foreign giants. He said he needed to keep communal forces from coming to power, an apparent reference to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.