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President asks PM to meet her tomorrow

Barely an hour after the NDA demanded the government to prove its majority in five days, President Pratibha Patil has asked the prime minister to meet her on Thursday.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2008 09:55 PM IST

President Pratibha Patil has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to meet her on Thursday in the wake of Left parties withdrawing support to the UPA Government.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique issued on Wednesday night, hours after the four Left parties submitted letters snapping ties with the UPA Government, said, "keeping in mind these political developments, President has requested the Prime Minister to meet her tomorrow to have his views."

Singh returns from Japan after the G8 summit well past midnight.

The leaders of the four Left parties submitted a list of 60 MPs and a joint letter signed by leaders of -- CPM, CPI, RSP and Forward Block -- to seek a vote confidence in the Lok Sabha immediately.

The communique also said that Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh and its Parliamentary party leader Ramgopal Yadav also met the President and gave a fresh letter of support of 39 of its MPs to the government.

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