SP intact, desertions from BSP likely, says Beni

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New Delhi, Jul 21 (UNI) The Samajwadi Party today got some morale boosting from its suspended MP Beni Prasad Verma who dismissed all speculation about more MPs deserting the party, and said it was rather the BSP which might find two of its MPs in the rivals' camp when voting on the Confidence Motion took place.

''Except four or five MPs, whose affiliation is now no secret, the SP enjoys the loyalty of all its MPs,'' he told UNI after attending the morning session of the ongoing debate on the Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha.

Mr Verma, who fell out with the SP during the last Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh when he formed his own outfit and was later suspended for anti-party activities, has, however, declared that he would vote for the UPA Government.

In the changed equations, Mr Verma, who is likely to be fielded by the Congress in the coming elections, finds himself in the same boat as the SP.

He said it was very likely that at least two of BSP MPs would vote in favour of the UPA.

One of the two such MPs, however, attended the BSP's Parliamentary meeting here.

The other MP who might cross over to the SP-UPA camp has been elected to the Lok Sabha on an SP ticket in tha past.


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