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Muslim League to support UPA in case of a trust vote

Indian Union Muslim League, a partner of the UPA, decides to vote with the ruling alliance even though the party has certain concerns over the Indo-US nuclear deal.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Malappuram
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2008 09:24 PM IST

Ending uncertainty, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a partner of the UPA, on Thursday decided to vote with the ruling alliance when the government seeks a trust vote in Parliament even though the party has certain concerns over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The party's position was categorically stated by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed after a three-hour long meeting of the party leaders held at the residence of League supremo Syed Panakkad Muhammadali Shihab Thangal in Malappuram.

The league has two members in the Lok Sabha.

"The party has some anxieties over the nuclear deal, which will be conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. At the same time, if the government seeks confidence vote, as a UPA partner, we will vote along with the Congress," Ahmed said.

After his discussions with the Prime Minister and the Congress President, Ahmed would report back to Thangal on the developments to enable the party to formulate its stand on the nuclear issue.

Besides, Ahmed and other senior leaders, the party's second M P Khader Moideen from Tamil Nadu and leaders from other states including Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal attended the meeting.

Ahmed said as a partner in the UPA, the League had given support to all the policies and programmes of the government. However, it had some concerns about this particular deal. This would be conveyed to the UPA leaders.

A resolution adopted by the national leadership meeting of IUML held in Chennai some time back before the death of its national President G M Banatwala had expressed certain reservations about the nuclear deal. This had set off speculation that the League might take a different stand from that of the Congress.

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