Cong MP slams UPA stand on nuclear deal; praises Mayawati

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New Delhi, Jul 18 (UNI) Even as Congress is trying to muster support of MPs from all quarters for the crucial July 22 trust vote, one of its Lok Sabha member from Karnal came out openly against the nuclear deal issue.

Arvind Sharma told reporters here that he would decide on his vote only on July 22, when the confidence motion comes for a vote in Lok Sabha.

Mr Sharma also slammed the party leadership for its ''unholy'' alliance with Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party to pressurise Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. ''I am pained at the way Congress took the help of Mulayam Singh and Amar Singh,'' he added.

The Karnal MP, while regretting the ''downfall of moral political standards'', was all praises for BSP president Mayawati. ''She is making all efforts to unite the sarva samaj,'' he said.

To a poser on his plans to join BSP, he said, ''I am not talking about joining BSP...I am praising Ms Mayawati because she deserves it,'' he said.

He lamented the ''way the CBI had filed an affidavit'' in the Supreme Court seeking permission to prosecute Ms Mayawati in a disproportionate assests case. ''The timing suggests it was politically motivated,'' he added.

Recently, Congress MP from Bhiwani Kuldeep Bishnoi had said he would vote against the UPA coalition in the Lok Sabha. ''I have been raising voice against the Congress-led UPA's anti-people policies. I don't want to commit political suicide and, therefore, there is no question of my voting in their favour,'' Bishnoi, younger son of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal had said.

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