SP urges opposition to help UPA win trust vote

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New Delhi, Jul 21 (UNI) Samajwadi Party leader Prof Ram Gopal Yadav today urged all the opposition members in the Lok Sabha to either support the confidence motion moved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or abstain from voting to directly or indirectly help the UPA government win the trust vote.

Participating in the debate in the House on the confidence motion, Mr Yadav said, ''Even if this government loses the confidence vote, the Government and the Ministers will remain but there will be no MPs.'' He said it had been the trend that in every election, nearly 50 to sixty per cent new members entered the House and it would not be surprising that this time the percentage might go up to sixty five per cent, he added.

He said, ''It is a great honour for us that though we have not signed the CTBT and NPT treaty, still we were invited to have this nuclear deal.

''The hyde act is for the US and why should we be concerned when it is not going to affect us.'' He said even the opposition was not really opposed to this treaty, adding in a lighter vein that the problem with the Leader of the Opposition L K Advani was that he could not sign this treaty.

He said price rise was a fact and there were many reasons for that including taxes and VAT. The vat system was introduced in the country under the Chairmanship of West Bengal Finance Minister Dr Asim Das Gupta.

During his speech, the House was adjourned for ten minutes from 1535 hrs to 1545 hrs as some SP members rushed towards the BSP leader Ilyas Azmi.


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