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NDA all confidence as it gathers flock

delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2008 02:05 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times
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Top NDA leaders, including its chief ministers, have resolved to pursue a pro-active course to defeat the UPA government on the floor of the House, concluding that “it is losing the numbers and slipping away”.

Gathering at LK Advani’s residence on Thursday evening to outline their strategy, NDA leaders including Parkash Singh Badal (Akali Dal), Nitish Kumar (JD-U) and Naveen Patnaik (BJD) assessed that the situation is “fast changing” against the government compared to the position 10 days ago.

With many MPs outside the NDA “turning against” the UPA, NDA leaders foresee an imminent collapse of the government. They vowed to muster “all strength” to ensure an adverse vote on July 22, NDA spokesperson Arun Jaitley said.

Refusing to disclose the NDA’s arithmetic or its line of action, Jaitely said all leaders would work unitedly to reflect the people’s “mood of exasperation” at the UPA’s four years in office.

“We do not have a single member who has an asterisk mark against his name (alluding to Somnath Chatterjee’s status as a CPI-M MP).”

He denied there was any move to dilute the focus of the parliamentary debate on the trust vote on the nuclear deal, saying, “We will take up all issues including spiralling prices, farmers’ crisis, failing internal security and a total lack of governance to show there is national drift in every sphere.”

Jaitley said the NDA’s conclusion was that the “very basis” of the formation of the UPA government was in tatters after the Left’s withdrawal of support. “We regret that the office of the PM and the continuation of this government is being reduced to a bargaining counter.”

Displaying an “ominous sign” against the UPA, Harish Nagpal — an Independent MP from Amroha (UP) announced his decision to oppose the UPA at a press conference at the BJP headquarters.