President calls PM for meeting Thursday (Lead)

July 9th, 2008 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil has invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a meeting Thursday to “have his views” on the Left parties’ withdrawal of support to the government. In a press release Wednesday evening, Rashtrapati Bhavan noted that the four Left parties had earlier in the day communicated their decision to withdraw support and the Samajwadi Party had then expressed its backing to the government.

“Keeping in mind these political developments, the president has requested the prime minister to meet her tomorrow to have his views on these developments,” it said.

According to sources, the prime minister, who returns from Japan early Thursday morning, will brief the president on deliberations at the G8 summit as well as on the political situation in the country.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left parties Wednesday decided to pull back their legislative support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government following their differences on the India-US nuclear deal.

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