Shivraj Patil, Raghuvansh Prasad confident of victory

July 22nd, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and home minister Shivraj Patil Tuesday asserted that the government was “comfortable” with the numbers in the Lok Sabha to prove majority. In reply to a question from reporters in parliament house Patil said: “It is a comfortable situation”.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is facing a trust vote Tuesday evening after Left parties withdrew their outside support over the India-US nuclear deal.

Patil’s cabinet colleague, rural development minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, also expressed the confidence of the UPA government to stay in power.

Singh, whose Rashtriya Janata Dal is a major constituent of the UPA, said the coalition government enjoys the support of 275 MPs. The halfway mark is 271 if all MPs are present and voting.

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