Seek confidence vote once Left withdraws support: BJP to PM

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New Delhi, Jul 4 (UNI) Taking note of the differences within the UPA over the Indo-US nuclear deal, the BJP today said it expected the Manmohan Singh-led government to seek vote of confidence once the Left parties withdrew their support to the tottering UPA Government.

Articulating BJP's views on the ongoing tussle within the UPA, BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said what was happening within the UPA and its supporting Left parties over the Indo-US nuclear deal was nothing but the 'theatre of the absurd'.

''The UPA had allowed itself to be a temporary platform for an unnatural group of all anti-BJP parties and the break-up was only waiting to happen.'' He said the UPA government was in a majority with the outside help of 60-MP strong Left parties. When the Left withdraw their support to the UPA, the government is reduced to a minority. Under such circumstances, the propriety demands that the Prime Minister should seek a confidence vote. He, however, declined to state if the BJP will move a 'No-Confidence' vote against the UPA government by saying that the party would take appropriate decision as the situations evolved.

Taking a strong exception to the U-turn of the Samajwadi Party dubbing the BJP 'enemy no. 1', Mr Prasad said it was done to divert people's attention from its own tilt towards Congress. The BJP, he said, strongly rejected use of such terms which did not augur well in a vibrant democracy. For the SP's shift from its declared opposition to dynastic politics seemed to be replaced by the danger of the BJP and an apology is sought to be given for preventing Ms Gandhi from becoming the PM in 1998, Mr Prasad said.

Regarding the SP's claim that their position on Indo-US nuclear deal had changed after eliciting the views of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Mr Prasad said the BJP valued Dr Kalam as one of its respected scientists responsible for the Pokhran II. However, the BJP had 'honest differences' with him on the Nuclear deal. The United States even to this day has not said a word that the Hyde Act is not applicable if India were to conduct future nuclear tests. The country can't walk into such a trap and risk nuclear future and commit thousands of crores of people's money.

He said India will have no option but to conduct tests in view of the expansionist designs of China which has been indulging in repeated border incursions in Sikkim from the north. The statement of Army chief on the issue was also a matter of concern for the country.

The country had not given any effective answers to Chinese designs and incursions and Prime Minister had avoided visiting Tawang district when he toured Arunachal Pradesh, Mr Prasad said.

Answering questions regarding the visit of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh to SP leader Amar Singh's residence, Mr Prasad said it could be to convince them not to support the UPA Government.

Asked about the claim of Mr Amar Singh that the BJP had offered Prime Ministership to SP Chief during Presidential elections in 2007, Mr Prasad said this statement was without any basis.


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