Astrology behind trust vote dates? (Political prattle)July 16th, 2008 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) After looking at many dates to convene parliament for the trust vote, the government chose July 21-22. While some say the dates followed astrological advice, official sources say they wanted enough time to get most number of MPs on their side. Apart from calling back United Progressive Alliance (UPA) MPs vacationing in cooler places abroad, some UPA allies had to get their members out of jail. They needed time to approach courts for special permission to take the MPs to New Delhi for the July 22 trust vote.
Both the Samajwadi Party, the foe-turned-friend of the Congress, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have two members each in prison.
No work in ministries
Government offices seem to be in a “holiday mood” as the ministers are busy mustering MPs to save the UPA government.
Most ministries don a languid mood. Many bureaucrats, one of them said, were spending more time on tea and coffee than on office files.
“Nothing is happening in any of the ministries. Most proposals that would have been cleared by this time are getting delayed,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.
Will Vajpayee vote?
One speculation doing the rounds is whether former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will vote Tuesday.
Although his aides insist that he will vote, speculation is rife that the senior most BJP leader will be unable to come to parliament because of his health. He has not been seen in public for some time.
Although the Congress will be happy if he doesn’t turn up, ministers and MPs have their fingers crossed.
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