Congress finds fault with Advani for seeking trust vote

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New Delhi, Jul 5 (UNI) The Congress Party today ridiculed the BJP for demanding a vote of confidence in Parliament on the nuclear deal issue, saying that the government was stable and that no supporting party has withdrawn its backing.

The Congress also criticised the Opposition BJP for making "such a irresponsible statement" at a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was leaving the country for the G-8 summit meet in Japan.

The Party's reaction was articulated by Spokesman Manish Tewari in the backdrop of the demand by BJP leaders L K Advani and Jaswant Singh to the Prime Minister to convene Parliament immediately and seek vote of confidence.

"No one has withdrawn support to the government till now. So where is the question of a trust vote?" Mr Tewari asked, while charging Mr Advani with creating an instability with such demands.

Pointing out that there was no instability to the government, he said "if there is any instability it is in the mind of Mr Advani." Mr Tewari reiterated the Congress stand that the nuclear deal was in the interests of the nation.

In this context, he said the Congress and the UPA would welcome support from any political party to the deal which seeks to overcome energy crisis.

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