PM to meet President on trust vote issue

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New Delhi, Jul 10: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will meet President Pratibha Patil on Thursday, July 10 to discuss the recent political developments, including the withdrawal of support by the Left parties.

The meeting would be held between the two a day after Leftists met the President and handed over letters withdrawing support, and a joint communication asking her to "direct the Prime Minister to seek a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha immediately." Minutes after the Left withdrew support, the Samajwadi Party (SP) submitted a fresh letter to the President backing the Congress-led UPA government. With the support of SP, the PDP and some Independents, the government hopes to garner 272 for a simple majority in the Lok Sabha, which has an effective strength of 543.


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