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Mayawati, Deve Gowda join hands

india Updated: Jul 20, 2008 21:24 IST

The opposition to the Manmohan Singh government gained further momentum ahead of the trust vote with the UNPA, BSP and the Left parties jointly declaring their resolve to go for the kill.

"Our one-point programme is to oust the UPA government on July 22," declared BSP supremo Mayawati in the presence of CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and CPI leader A B Bardhan as also TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu.

Echoing similar sentiments, Karat, who has vowed to make the Congress-led coalition bite dust on the issue of nuclear deal, said, addressing a joint press conference, "we don't want the government to remain in power after July 22."

These parties have a combined strength of 85 MPs in the Lok Sabha.
Mayawati, who has emerged as the focal point in the moves to oust UPA government and is being talked about as the next Prime Ministerial candidate by some parties like TRS and TDP, said that the parties would decide on the future strategy on July 23, a day after the trust vote.

The press conference came at the end of the intense consultations among UNPA leaders, Mayawati and Left parties on a day when there were good tidings for the combination with RLD supremo Ajit Singh declaring his support to their cause.

Atmosphere at the deliberations was buoyant and Mayawati was strident in her criticism of arch detractor Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh of the Samajwati Party, who till the other day were the leading light of the UNPA.

INLD's Ajay Chautala, AGP's Brindavan Goswami, Jharkhand leader Babulal Marandi and CPI leader D Raja were present at the meeting which devised the strategy to topple the UPA government.