PM should seek Confidence Vote at the earliest: Advani

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New Delhi, Jul 5 (UNI) Describing the events in the UPA in the past one week as the ''theatre of the absurd'', Leader of the Opposition L K Advani today demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seek a Confidence Vote in the Lok Sabha, in the wake of the Left's threat to withdraw support.

Addressing a news conference, along with Jaswant Singh, Mr Advani said it was another matter if the Left parties do not withdraw their support, but they wre already setting deadlines, giving the Prime Minister two more days.

The conduct of the UPA for the last one week has shown that the it had lost ''moral legitimacy'', while the numerical majoirity is an issue that has to be proved on the floor of the Lok Sabha.

Although the Parliament Session is slated to be held in August, the present situation demands that the Parliament is convened immediately and the Prime Minister seek a vote of confidence, since his government has ''practically lost'' its majority as the Left parties have only to decide the timing to pull the plug.

Former Prime Minister V P Singh had sought a Confidence Vote under similar circumstances, he added.

Mr Advani said when the PDP withdrew its support to the Jammu and Kashmir coalition, the Governor asked the Chief Minister to seek a Confidence Vote.

The Opposition leader said the events for the past one week has shown that the credibility of the Congress and the Samajwadi Parties is ''in shambles'' and the entire focus is to trade off anything for anything.

The Congress may have performed the ''head surgery'' when they replaced the then Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda with I K Gujral. Now they are seeking to perform the ''surgery of the leg'' by seeking to replace the Samajwadi Party with the Left, he sarcastically remarked.


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