SP Party Board meets tomorrow amid reports of defections to BSP

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New Delhi, Jul 7 (UNI) The Samajwadi Party Parliamentary Board is meeting here tomorrow amid reports that the some of its MPs had made up their mind to cross over to the BSP, a scenario that would shock the Congress banking on the 39 SP Members' support to face a vote of no-confidence in the Parliament.

''They are coming on their own. We are not engineering anything,'' BSP sources told UNI here this evening even as SP general secretary Amar Singh made a categorical statement earlier in the day that his party would vote in favour of the UPA Government if the Left withdrew support to it.

''In fact it is not the nuclear deal, but the style of functioning of Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav that had prompted the MPs to come to us,'' the BSP sources said.

The Congress which mustered the magic figure of 272 to sail through a test of strengh in the Lok Sabha could be in real trouble if the BSP claims were true.

Just a few hours ago Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while on way to Toyako to atend G8 Summit, has said he was not worried about withdrawal of Left support.''As and when such a contingency arises, we are well-equipped to deal with it,'' he had asserted.

The effective strength of the Lok Sabha is 542, as two nominated members cannot vote, nor can one elected member, due to a court order. So the magic figure needed by the UPA is 272. Some more votes can come from about half a dozen Independent members.

The UPA minus the Left has 227 members, which when combined with 39 of the Samajwadi Party come to 266. The six votes needed could come from three of RLD and as many of the JD(S). Besides, there are about half a dozen Independent members.

The UPA government plunged into a crisis after its Left allies threatened that they would withdraw support to the government the moment it went to the IAEA for the India-specific safeguards agreement, which they contend would mean operationalisation of the deal.

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