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7 BSP MPs with us: Amar

india Updated: Jul 21, 2008 02:52 IST

Tormented by desertions over the past few days, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday sought to turn the tables on opponents by parading BJP Lok Sabha member, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, at a press conference on Sunday.

Brij Bhushan will cast his vote in favor of the UPA government in the July 22 trust vote. Singh’s entry provides last-hour hopes to the SP, a 16-year-old party supported primarily by backward castes and Muslims. “Seven BSP members are willing to join us to save the UPA government and we are in touch with some BJP members too,” claimed Amar Singh.

So far, four SP MPs have declared they will defy the party. However, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asserts that his party would deliver the promised support of 39 MPs to the Manmohan Singh government by enlisting support of MPs of other parties.

That’s easier said than done. Despite being persuaded to come to Delhi and being paraded before the media the loyalties of Shankhlal Majhi, from Uttar Pradesh’s Akbarpur constituency, remain suspect. Also, rebel Munawwar Hasan said 10 SP members would declare their intent of voting against the government by Monday.