Samajwadi Party not to join government: Mulayam Singh (Lead)

July 8th, 2008 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) The Samajwadi Party will extend legislative support to the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) but will not be a part of the government, party president Mulayam Singh Yadav announced here Tuesday. “There is no question of joining the government,” Mulayam Singh told reporters, shortly after the four Left parties withdrew their legislative support to the government over their differences on the India-US nuclear deal.

He asserted that all 39 Lok Sabha MPs from his party would vote in favour of the Congress-led government if there was a confidence vote. There was no question of divisions in his party over the decision, he added.

“All the Muslim MPs have attended the meeting and they are in favour of the nuclear deal,” Mulayam Singh added.

The UPA government is likely to face a floor test later this month as the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left parties Tuesday announced their decision to withdraw their backing to the government.

Government sources said there could be a parliament session beginning July 21 during which Manmohan Singh would seek the confidence of the house.

The Left parties, which have 59 MPs, are expected to go to President Pratibha Patil Wednesday noon to present her with the letter of withdrawal. They also have the support of two more MPs from the Kerala Congress-J.

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