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Srinagar/New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) An alleged threat to the life of National Panthers Party President Bhim Singh by National Security Advisor (NSA) M K Narayanan sent shock waves on the eve of vote of confidence sought by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

NSA M K Narayanan is alleged to have threatened Prof Bhim Singh of ''physical liquidation'' if the Panthers Party did not support Mr Azad on the Assembly floor on July 7 during trial of strength, Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party (DPNPP) general secretary Rajiv Khosla said.

Several National Panthers Party workers held a demonstration at the 7, Race Course Road--residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early today to protest the alleged threat to the life of its President Bhim Singh.

The atmosphere in the Kashmir valley was, meanwhile, charged up due to hectic political activities ahead of the vote of confidence motion the Congress-led coalition government in the state will face tomorrow.

While other protestors managed to flee, police detained two of them. Party general secretary Harsh Malhotra and state party president Sanjoy Sachdev have been arrested and remanded in 12-day judicial custody.

The alleged threat was made at 2130 hrs yesterday by the NSA on Mr Bhim Singh's mobile in Jammu.

Meanwhile, Mr Azad made no comments about his chances of proving that he still enjoys the confidence of the House.

The main opposition party in the state, the National Confernce (NC) having a strength of 24 members, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- a partner in the government until last week with 18 members-- and four Panthers Party (PP) members have already opened their cards to vote against the motion tomorrow.

One each member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jammu State Morcha (JSM) will also oppose the motion.

The Congress government is three members short of simple majority even if two CPI (M) members and all other Independents and rebel PDP members vote in favour of the motion.

The state coalition government was formed in October 2002.

The trouble in the alliance started brewing when senior PDP and Congress leaders started mud-slinging after Mr Azad took over as Chief Minister in 2005 from Mr Sayeed.

The final showdown was when PDP decided to pull out from the coalition demanding revocation of land accorded to SASB.

UNI Team AKJ RK1925

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