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PM praises 'visionary leadership' of Basu, Surjeet

IANS  New Delhi, July 21, 2008
First Published: 11:40 IST(21/7/2008) | Last Updated: 11:42 IST(21/7/2008)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday began the debate on the trust motion by praising the "visionary leadership" of Left leaders Jyoti Basu and Harkishen Singh Surjeet.

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Kicking off the debate on the trust motion that will decide the fate of his government, Manmohan Singh said: "We are here after a tenure of four years. And the credit goes to all leaders of the UPA."

He specifically mentioned Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders Basu and Surjeet, as well as DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as "architects of our coalition government".

The Manmohan Singh government, which in the prime minister's words has completed "four years and two months", was reduced to a minority when the CPI-M led Left withdrew support over differences on the India-US nuclear deal.

The debate, which began Monday will go on till Tuesday. The trust vote will be held after that.


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