Mixed tidings for UPA, trust vote for close finish
On a day of mixed tidings, the UPA Govt got a major boost when the five-member JMM announced its support to the trust vote while the three-member RLD switched to the opposition camp.india Updated: Jul 20, 2008 15:12 IST
On a day of mixed tidings, the UPA government on Sunday got a major boost when the five-member Jharkhand Mukti Morch (JMM) announced its support to the trust vote while the three-member Rashtriya Lok Dal switched to the opposition camp, leaving the treasury benches still short of the magic mark of 271.
With worries on how to make up for the numbers, the government, however, got some comfort when suspended DMK member Dayanidhi Maran announced that he would abide by the party line in support of the motion.
Likewise, the Hyderabad-based Muslim Majlis also declared that it would give its lone vote in support of the motion. However, there may be bad news from the JD(S) camp which is giving all signals of going against the government.
UPA constituent JMM, which has been keeping the government on tenterhooks, on Sunday ended the suspense when its chief Shibu Soren went to the Janpath residence of Sonia Gandhi along with his four party MPs and pledged support to the government.
In return, he claimed to have got an assurance of being re-inducted into the Cabinet getting Coal portfolio and a berth for one of his MPs as Minister of State.
Soren gave positive signals last night itself when he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also accepted his invitation for dinner tonight.
But the jolt for the UPA came when RLD, whose three MPs it heavily banked upon, coming out with its decision to vote against the motion.
RLD chief Ajit Singh drove to the residence of UP Chief Minister Mayawati in the morning and is understood to have struck a deal keeping in view the Uttar Pradesh politics.