JD (S) to oppose trust vote: Veerendra Kumar

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Kozhikode, July 18 (UNI) The three-member Janata Dal (Secular) will vote against the confidence motion to be moved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on July 22, JD (S) Kerala unit President M P Veerendra Kumar, MP, said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said ''JD (S) President H D Deve Gowda called me from Bangalore to direct me to talk on behalf of the party on the issue in Parliament in the capacity of parliamentary party leader.'' Mr Gowda had also conveyed over phone that ''he himself and other parliamentarian Sivanna would also vote against the trust motion,'' necessitated after the withdrawal of support to the UPA Government by the Left parties on the proposed civil nuclear deal with the U S.

Mr Kumar, who had moved away from Mr Gowda after his son and party leader H D Kumaraswamy had joined hands with the BJP to form the previous coalition Government in Karnataka, said he was happy that Mr Gowda had taken the initiative to call him up from Bangalore.

Reminded of the reported move of the party to join hands with the Samajwadi Party, headed by former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said ''we will reconsider it'' in the wake of the changing political scenario in the country.

''The future course of the party will be decided after the trust vote,'' he added.

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