UNPA will vote against trust motion: Marandi

July 8th, 2008 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Ranchi, July 8 (IANS) Former chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Democratic) president Babulal Marandi Tuesday said if there be a trust motion in the Lok Sabha, the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) would vote against it. Marandi told reporters: “UNPA will vote against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the Lok Sabha.”

He said: “The nuclear deal is not in favour of the country and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision on the deal is wrong.”

JVM-D is one of the constituents of the UNPA and has one member in the Lok Sabha.

“The UPA government may win the trust vote with the support of the Samajwadi Party (SP) but the people of the country are not in favour of the deal. The UPA government should make the nuclear deal document public so that people know the fact,” he said.

On the SP’s decision to support the UPA government, he said: “It is SP’s decision and it has nothing to do with UNPA, which is clear on its stand on the nuclear deal.”

Among the UNPA constituents, the Telugu Desam Party has five MPs, Asom Gana Parishad has two MPs and JVM-D has one MP.

Even with the Samajwadi Party’s 39 MPs in the Lok Sabha, the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is expected to have 275 members - just three above the mandatory half-way mark to prove the majority - to back the government should it face a trust vote in parliament.

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