Akali Dal, TRS to vote against govt
With less than 10 days to go for the confidence vote, Akali Dal and Telangana Rashtra Samiti(TRS) on Sunday declared they will vote against the UPA government in the Lok Sabha while Congress ally JMM preferred to keep the suspense on.
The two-member National Conference(NC) is meeting in Srinagar on Monday to decide on its stand as battlelines were being drawn and the Left parties roped in BSP, which has 17 MPs, to their side in the campaign against the government.
Even as the three-member JD(S) headed by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda is yet to take a stand, its parliamentary party chief M P Veerendra Kumar said he will vote against the confidence motion.
Akali Dal,a NDA constituent whose stand in the confidence vote in Lok Sabha was a subject of speculation, today made it clear that it will oppose the UPA government dismissing speculation that it would support the Congress because of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Sikh origin. The Akali Dal has 8 MPs.
"Don't drag me into non-issues like the prime minister being a Sikh," Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal told reporters in Jalandhar, adding SAD is a constituent of the NDA and will follow the stand taken by it.
In Hyderabad, former Congress ally TRS, which has three members, said it will vote against the government unless a resolution is passed by the Lok Sabha in favour of creating a new state.
JMM, a UPA constituent which has 5 MPs, preferred to keep the cards close to its chest, saying it would decide on the issue on July 19.