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No-trust over Iran: TDP to back SP

IN WHAT appears to be a shot in the arm for Samajwadi Party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today announced its support to SP?s move to bring a no-confidence motion against United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre over the Iran issue. And the Iran issue is threatening to snowball into a major headache for the Congress-led coalition with the CPM today declaring it has a ?common understanding? with the Samajwadi Party on the matter.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 01:05 IST

CPM has ‘common understanding’ with SP over issue

IN WHAT appears to be a shot in the arm for Samajwadi Party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today announced its support to SP’s move to bring a no-confidence motion against United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre over the Iran issue.

And the Iran issue is threatening to snowball into a major headache for the Congress-led coalition with the CPM today declaring it has a “common understanding” with the Samajwadi Party on the matter. It, however, parried questions on supporting SP’s proposed no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

“There is a common understanding with Samajwadi Party on several issues, including Iran,” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters after a meeting with SP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in New Delhi.

He, however, skirted questions on whether CPM would support the proposed no-confidence motion saying “I will discuss it with my Parliamentary colleagues and then take a decision.”

In Lucknow, TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu said: “We will support the no-confidence motion.”

Naidu also condemned the UPA government’s stand on Iran. He was talking to mediapersons after meeting Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The chief minister and SP general secretary Amar Singh were standing by Naidu’s side when the TDP chief made announcement. “They are supporting the Bush administration on Iran issue instead of toeing a non-aligned path,” said Naidu said and added TDP and SP had come together as their problems were common.

He said his party would have no truck with the BJP or the NDA on the issue.
Replying to a question whether his party proposed to withdraw support from UPA government before moving the no-confidence motion, the chief minister said a meeting of the party would be convened soon to work out a strategy on the issue.

When reminded that SP leader Mohan Singh had earlier indicated towards moving an adjournment motion on Iran issue, the CM said there was hardly any difference between no-confidence motion and adjournment motion and both motions could be put to vote. Besides the Iran issue, the SP would also bring to fore issues of price hike and corruption, the CM said.

Naidu said TDP and SP also discussed formation of a third alternative. He also flayed the UPA government for what he called misusing the office of governor.

All Raj Bhawans have been virtually turned into PCC offices, said Naidu adding there should be nationwide debate on the issue and guidelines should be laid for conduct of governors.

The TDP was in favour of abolition of Governor’s post, said Naidu adding time and again the governor’s office has been misused. He quoted Sarkaria Commission’s recommendations to press his point and recalled dismissals of state governments in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir in the past.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 01:05 IST