BJP to demand trust vote if Left withdraws support: Advani

June 27th, 2008 - 10:33 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Kanpur, June 27 (IANS) The main opposition BharatIiya Janata Party (BJP) will demand a trust vote in parliament if the Left parties withdraw support to the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the India-US nuclear deal, the party’s prime ministerial aspirant L.K. Advani said here Friday. “We would press for the government to seek a confidence vote in the event of the Left withdrawing its support,” he declared while kicking off the BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign from the historic Phoolbagh Maidan in this Uttar Pradesh town.

The polls are due only next year but there is speculation these could be advanced if the Left parties desert the government and the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition is not able to muster a simple majority in parliament.

“The government will have no moral right to continue after being reduced to minority by the Left. In such an event, it will have to seek a confidence vote,” Advani maintained.

Addressing the rain-marred rally, Advani said that the UPA government had failed on all fronts, including on the nuclear deal, and had failed to control spiralling prices and growing terrorism in the country.

He said if voted to power, a BJP-led government would ensure there was no discrimination against state governments, irrespective of which party was in power.

This was supposed to be the BJP’s first election campaign rally but conspicious by his absence was party president Rajnath Singh, who was believed to be otherwise occupied. Also missing was former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, who claimed he was not invited and was in Chennai.

Advani said the BJP would check the soaring prices if voted to power.

He also clearly indicated the party would play the Hindutva card during the election campaign, saying the construction of a magnificent Ram temple at the site of the razed 15th Babri mosque in Ayodhya remained the party’s priority.

The temple would be built once the BJP commanded a majority of its own in parliament, Advani added.

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