Indian government works to shore up coalition

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s ruling Congress party worked to shore up its governing coalition Wednesday after a crucial ally withdrew its support in protest over a raft of new economic reforms that included a rise in fuel prices and lifting restrictions on foreign retailers.

The departure of the Trinamool Congress left the government with only a minority of seats in Parliament, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s party now depends on the support of outside parties to keep power.

It wasn’t clear whether Congress was assured of their support, and top party leaders were developing a new strategy for maintaining a parliamentary majority until the next scheduled elections in 2014.

 Printed on Thursday, September 20, 2012 as: India's ruling party does damage control