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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2766

Indian Prez summons PM: Trust vote likely on July 21 or 22, Singh garners enough votes

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 10 July, ( As the game of numbers has acquired a greater intensity on the Indian political scene, President Pratibha Patil has asked the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to meet her on Thursday 'to have his views'.

She can ask Singh to face a trust vote quickly to prove that his government enjoyed majority even after the Left parties had withdrawn their support from outside.

Singh's parliamentary managers are getting ready for a special session of parliament on July 21 or 22. And have firmed up support of several smaller parties besides the Samajwadi party.

Significantly, Rashtrapati Bhavan went public with its request to Prime Minister to give his views shortly after the Left leaders and the Samajwadi party general secretary met Pratibha Patil. While the Left said we have withdrawn our support, Amar Singh the SP leader told her that they were stepping into the vacuum.

The communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhavan said:

"Shri Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M), Shri A.B. Bardhan, General Secretary, CPI Shri Debabrata Biswas, General Secretary, All India Forward Bloc and Prof. T.J. Chandrachoodan, General Secretary, RSP called on the President today (Wednesday) at 12.00 noon and submitted letters of withdrawal of support of their respective to the UPA Government. A list of 60 MPs belonging to the Left Parties was also submitted. The delegation also submitted a joint letter signed by them stating that in view of the withdrawal of support by the Left parties to the Government, the Prime Minister may be directed to seek a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha immediately.

"At 12.45 p.m., Shri Amar Singh, National General Secretary of Samajwadi Party along with Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav, Leader, Samajwadi Parliamentary Party also called on the President and submitted a letter along with a list of 39 MPs reiterating their support extended earlier to the Congress led UPA Government which according to them was never withdrawn.

"Keeping in mind these political developments, the President has requested the Prime Minister to meet her tomorrow, the 10th of July, 2008 to have his views on these developments".

Not Enough

But SP support alone will not suffice, more so in view of reports of a likely split in the party. But Congress managers are confident that the Manmohan Singh government would be able to 'survive' in Parliament. They expect to muster support of 274 to 278 lawmakers which is more than the half way mark in the 543-strong Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament.

Congress has 154 MPs including an associate member, Mohan Delkar, and two nominated MPs.

Ajit Singh-led RLD, JD(S) headed by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Mamta Bannerjee's Trinamool Congress and TRS have given enough hints of backing the government during the trust vote. Congress also expects the National Conference which has two members, to vote for the government.

Among the independents, Thupstan Chhewang from Ladakh, S K Bwiswmuthiary from Assams Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar, Mani Charenamani from Manipur and Vanlalzawma from Mizoram, Sikkim's lone MP have promised to vote in favor of the ruling alliance.

MDMK Rebels, PMK In

Rebels of Vaiko led MDMK have decided to go with the DMK and support the vote of confidence in the Prime Minister. So will the PMK, though it has parted the company of DMK in Tamil Nadu politics.

L Ganesan and Genjee N Ramachandran, the two rebel MDMK MPs called on Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in Chennai and told him that they would vote with the DMK which is a key constituent of the UPA.

This statement formalizes the split of MDMK. Only on Wednesday, MDMK chief Vaiko said his party would vote against the government as it was opposed to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

He also called for resignation of the Manmohan Singh government and the dissolution of Lok Sabha.

After the withdrawal of support by the Left parties, the UPA government has become a minority one, Vaiko said and added: 'India should not implement the nuclear deal at any cost, as it would pledge India's sovereignty to United States".

The MDMK, in alliance with the DMK, won four Lok Sabha seats during the 2004 polls, but switched to AIADMK camp for the 2006 assembly polls.

Ganesan, presidium chairman, and N Ramachandran, deputy general secretary, immediately said goodbye to Vaiko, saying they commanded support of the majority of the MDMK cadres.

PMK Assertion

The PMK supremo, S Ramadoss pledged his party's support to the UPA government as the Left parties withdrew support on N-deal. The party has six-law makers and two union ministers.

-Asian Tribune -

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