UPA government will bounce back, says confident Mulayam Singh

July 20th, 2008 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Manmohan Singh government will “bounce back” in Tuesday’s trust vote as many MPs are joining in to show support, the Samajwadi Party said Sunday and hit out against the BJP and Left, which had become “one”. “The government will bounce back,” Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh told reporters here. “You will be surprised to see the number of people who support the government.”

Denying that many MPs were leaving the party, the Samajwadi Party chief said they are “one and united” and those who have left are “opportunists”.

“We have suspended five. But we continue to have 39 members,” he said. The party has 39 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

“We are supporting the nuclear deal. We want to stop and weaken the communal forces. The nuclear deal is in the national interest. India has an independent foreign policy,” Mulayam Singh told reporters here.

Targeting the Left parties, which withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government July 9 after the government said it was going ahead with the nuclear deal, Mulayam Singh said: “The red flag and Lal Krishna Advani are one. The Left parties, the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) are one.”

“We appeal to the Left to do politics of secularism. If anyone has fought against communal forces then it the Samajwadi Party,” he added.

“The Left should think again (on withdrawing support) because they are supporting the communal forces (siding with the BJP in the trust vote),” he stated.

He charged arch-rival and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati with offering money to MPs to stop them voting for the government Tuesday.

Taking pot shots at Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, who said it would not be wrong to make Mayawati the prime minister, Singh said: “Please, talk less.”

“Who is the supporter of the Muslims. Only the Samajwadi Party. I have never done any kind of agreement with the BJP,” he said.

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