UNPA will vote against trust motion, says Marandi (Lead)

July 8th, 2008 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Ranchi, July 8 (IANS) If there is a trust motion in the Lok Sabha, the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) would vote against it, said Babulal Marandi, former chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Democratic) president, adding that the India-US nuclear deal is not in favour of the country. 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.”

Political analysts say the decision of the 61 Left MPs to withdraw support would bring down the multi-party UPA’s strength in the 545-seat Lok Sabha to 226. This would go up to 265 with the support of the Samajwadi Party’s 39 MPs, but leave it still seven short of the 272 MPs needed for majority support.

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