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All parties to confirm vote numbers ahead of UPA Govt. floor test

New Delhi, July 14 : Ahead of the United Progressive Alliance Government’s floor test on July 22, all parties are stepping up to confirm their votes.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal has asked its Members of Parliament to be present in Parliament on July 21-22 to vote in favour of the UPA Government.

RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav said that the two RJD MPs ‘Mohammad Shahbuddin and Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav’ who are currently in jail, have sought the court’s permission to be present in parliament on the occasion.

The party has asked its MPs to be present in Delhi a week ahead of the special session.

Left to launch nationwide campaign against UPA Govt from today

New Delhi, July 14 : The four Left parties -- CPI (M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc -- will from today launch a nationwide campaign against the UPA Government''s policies, especially its move to go ahead on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Top Left leaders will address a meeting where they will cite the UPA government''s drawbacks and failures during the past four-year rule.

"We will explain to people the reasons for withdrawing our support. We will also explain the UPA''s pro-American and anti-people policies which are resulting in price rise and other problems," said CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat.

CPI National Secretary D Raja said that the Left campaign would not centre around only on the issue of nuclear deal, but on inflation, price rise and mismanagement of economy. (ANI)

JMM, TDP to decide on UPA support today

New Delhi, July 13: The Jharkhan Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will separately meet today to decide on support to Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government.

Though JMM is an ally of the UPA Government, it is still not clear whether it will support them or not. JMM has been unhappy with the Congress, as its Chief Shibu Soren, was not included in the union Cabinet.

Shibu Soren has demanded that JMM be given a Cabinet berth at the Centre and has also revived an old wish to head the UPA regime in Ranchi.

Meanwhile, the TDP will meet to arrive at a decision, though all indications are that they will vote against the Indo-US nuke deal.

UPA allies, CWC hold meetings separate meets today

New Delhi, July 11 : The meetings of the UPA allies and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) are scheduled to be held today to decide their future political strategy after the withdrawal of support by Left parties.

The decision for the UPA allies'' meeting was taken at yesterday''s Congress Core Group meeting, attended by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi, union ministers Pranab Mukherjee, Arjun Singh, AK Antony and Shivraj Patil, besides other senior leaders.

The meeting came amid hectic efforts by Congress managers to ensure the numbers for the ruling coalition during a trust vote in Parliament, the date of which is to be decided today.

Karat condemns UPA’s move to circulate draft to IAEA’s Board of Governors

New Delhi, July 10 : The Left party, which decided to part ways with the United Progressive Alliance government over the Indo-US nuclear deal, today criticized the Government’s move of circulating the safeguard draft to the IAEA’s Board of Governors for their approval without even proving its majority in the Lok Sabha.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat said it is strange that the government, which was asserting till Wednesday that the text of the draft was confidential, has now put it up on the Ministry of External Affairs website. 

He wondered what prompted the Government to take such a move now breaching its promise. 

NDA asks UPA to prove majority within a week

UPA & BJPMumbai,New Delhi, July 9 : The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance met at opposition leader L K Advani’s residence on Wednesday, and demanded that the UPA Government should be asked to prove its majority within a week.

The NDA decided to approach President Pratibha Patil in case the trust vote doesn’t take place soon. It also demanded that a special session of Parliament be convened at the earliest.

Earlier, the BJP alleged the timing of Left parties'''' withdrawal of support to the government was “suspicious” as they waited till the Congress clinched a deal with the Samajwadi Party to save the ruling dispensation.

Left parties accuse Government of lack of transparency in Indo-US nuclear deal

manmohan singhNew Delhi, July 9 : After submitting a letter to President Pratibha Patil on withdrawal of support to the government, the Left parties accused the Government of lack of transparency in the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Chief Prakash Karat said the Congress has violated the agreement, which was made on November 16, 2007 that after a discussion with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the party would present a paper to the UPA-Left joint committee, which would then be examined. Only then the next step was to be taken.

Samajwadi Party submits letter to President supporting UPA Government

M K Naryana & Amar SinghNew Delhi, July 9 : The Samajwadi Party handed over its letter of support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government to the President, Pratibha Patil here today.

After meeting the President the party General Secretary Amar Singh said, "Though a letter of support was already given in 2004, the new letter was given to dispel all doubts about their stand."

Text of Left''s letter of withdrawal of support to UPA Government

UPA CPMNew Delhi, July 8 : Following is the full text of the letter by four Left parties to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee announcing withdrawal of support to the UPA Government:

Dear Shri Pranab Mukherjee,

This is regarding your letter dated July 7, 2008. You have stated that a meeting of the UPA-Left Committee on Indo-US Civil Nuclear Cooperation will be held on July 10.

Left finally withdraws support to UPA Government

New Delhi, July 8: The four Left parties -- CPI, CPI (M), Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party of India (RSP) -- today announced a formal withdrawal of their outside support to the Congress-led UPA Government, saying that the time had come for them to take this step.

Addressing media persons in the capital after a meeting of Left parties, CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said they would submit the letter of the withdrawal of support to President Pratibha Patil tomorrow.

"We have sought an appointment from the President tomorrow to deliver our letter about the withdrawal of support to the Centre," Karat told media persons.

UPA Govt to decide date for start of Monsoon session of Parliament today

New Delhi, July 8: The UPA Government will decide today the date for the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will take a decision, said sources, adding that External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will preside over the meeting.

The Committee will also assess the political situation and deliberate on a plan should the Government have to go in for a trust vote.

The meeting comes a day after the Left clearly indicated that they would withdraw support to the Government on Thursday.

The Monsoon session is expected to last a month. (ANI)

Left to decide on modalities of withdrawing support from UPA

New Delhi, July 4: The Left parties will meet here today to decide on the modalities of withdrawing support from the UPA government even as the Third Front i. e. UNPA, led by the Samajwadi Party asserted its unity yesterday after a crucial meeting.

Though the UNPA said that it was yet to decide whether to give support to the UPA or not, in political circles it is assumed that the SP leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh would succeed in persuading other UNPA constituents, including the INLD, TDP, etc. in extending their support to the Congress-led UPA.

Ahead of today’s meeting, the CPI leaders said that the Left parties would decide the modalities for further course of action on the issue of withdrawing support to the government.

UNPA stands united, SP still unclear on support to UPA

UNPANew Delhi, July 3: The United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) leaders have claimed here today that they ‘still stands united’ on all issues after their meeting.

The UNPA meeting was attended by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, party general secretary Amar Singh, Telugu Desam Party Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Indian National Lok Dal leader Om Prakash Chautala and B Goswami of the Asom Gana Parishad.

Leaders of the UNPA met here to decide the future of the third front, and also which way the Samajwadi Party (SP) would go in the event of voting in the Parliament over the Indo-US civillian nuclear deal.

OBC creamy layer upper income limit to be doubled

The UPA government is planning to revise the creamy layer criteria. This OBC creamy layer upper income limit to be doubled revision became important when in late March the SC gave its order on the 27% reservation for OBC in central education institutions. The apex court upheld the new reservation regime even as it ruled that the creamy layer be excluded from its purview.

CPM accuses UPA govt of hiding facts on Indo-US nuke deal

UPA CPMKolkata, June 30: The CPM on Monday launched a scathing attack on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government saying that it did not disclose that it was compulsory to approach International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for an India –specific safeguards agreement.

CPM Politburo member and party's state secretary Biman Bose said that in a UPA-Left Coordination Committee meeting held in October-November to discuss the Nuclear deal, the UPA Government did not apprise the Left that it was mandatory for the government to go to the IAEA, as it was saying now.

CPI (M) says PM’s insistence to reach IAEA responsible for political crisis

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jun 27 : The Communist party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today held Prime Minister Manmohan Singh responsible for plunging the country into a political crisis by deciding to go to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for securing approval for the safeguards agreement to operationalise the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Karat said that the schedule set by the US was pushing the Prime Minister to go ahead regardless of the consequences of signing the deal.

Left-UPA stand off on Indo-US nuclear deal continues

New Delhi, June 25 : Hours ahead of the United Progressive Alliance-Left Committee meeting to achieve a breakthrough in the impasse over the Indo-US Nuclear deal issue, Communist Party of India General Secretary A B Bardhan said if the Government operationalises the deal, we will not give them any green signal for going ahead.

Bardhan’s warning came as an under pressure External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee conveyed the adamant views of the Left to both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Sources close to the parleys said that the UPA Government is making a last ditch attempt after a face-saving formula on the vexed US-India nuclear deal.

UPA Government promoting bad N-deal, says CPM

CPI(M)-UPANew Delhi, June 21 : Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) today accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of trying to promote strategic ties with the United States, by selling a bad nuclear deal.

The CPM Politburo said in a statement, a massive disinformation campaign has been mounted that nuclear energy is a solution not only to the shortage of electricity in the country but also an answer to the oil price rise.

Mayawati withdraws support from UPA Government

MayawatiNew Delhi, June 21 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati today announced the withdrawal of her party’s support to the Congress-led UPA Government, saying the Centre had meted out a step-motherly treatment to her one-year-old government.

The BSP has 17 MPs in the Lok Sabha. But the withdrawal of support won’t affect the Centre as it has sufficient numbers to run the government.

Addressing press persons in the Capital this afternoon, Mayawati also held the Congress responsible for the ongoing upward graph of inflation.

BJP skeptical about Communist threat to government

Congress & BJP LogoNew Delhi, June 20 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that the threat by the Left allies to withdraw support to the ruling Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over the nuke deal is hallow.

Party president, Rajnath Singh speaking to reporters on Friday in New Delhi said that the communist allies have been issuing such threats over the past four years but have never executed them after having tasted power.




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