Number game occupies centre stage after Left pullout
After the Left pulled the plug, the number game that will decide the fate of the government occupied centre stage on Tuesday with the UPA claiming they have the support of small groups and independents to sail through a Trust vote.
With the Samajwadi party, whose 39 members will be crucial for the survival of the government, stepping in after the Left decided to withdraw support, the ruling coalition whose strength has been reduced to 230 is expected to be three short of the magic figure of 272.
UPA managers are claiming that as of now the Government could count on the support of at least 273 members in the Lok Sabha which currently has 543 members. There are two vacancies.
The talk of unease among some MPs in Samajwadi in joining hands with the Congress has triggered speculation that the party may not have the backing of all the 39 MPs. But SP leader Amar Singh claimed all the members will vote for the government.
RJD supremo Lalu Yadav claimed that the UPA has numbers on its side to win a confidence vote.
The ruling side is banking on three independents-- Thupstan Chhewang from Jammu and Kashmir, Harish Nagpal from Uttar Pradesh and Charenamei Mani from Manipur.
The three-member RLD is also being seen as a supporter of the ruling side with Ajit Singh having a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi sometime back. Congress is also hopeful that former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD-S which has three MPS may vote for the government.