UPA allies, CWC hold a meeting on trust votes

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Sonia and Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Jul 11: The meetings of the UPA allies and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) are scheduled to be held on Friday July 11, to decide their future political strategy after the withdrawal of support by Left parties.

The decision for the UPA allies' meeting was taken on Thursday 10 July at Congress Core Group meeting, attended by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi, union ministers Pranab Mukherjee, Arjun Singh, AK Antony and Shivraj Patil, besides other senior leaders. The meeting came amid hectic efforts by Congress managers to ensure the numbers for the ruling coalition during a trust vote in Parliament, the date of which is to be decided on Friday July 11.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday July 10 evening called on President Pratibha Patil, and stated that he and his Cabinet colleagues were keen to seek a vote of confidence as early as possible.

The meeting called in the wake of withdrawal of support by the Left Parties to the UPA Government and reiteration of Samajwadi Party's support to it lasted about half-an-hour.


ANI

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