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Cong-Lalu deal could put No-trust move on hold
Published on 11 Mar. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Lalu Yadav has backed out of a no-trust motion against the UPA government. And, the Centre responded in backing Lalu in the disproportionate assets case in the Supreme Court. Is there a deal between Congress and Lalu? The day after the women’s reservation bill got passed in Rajya Sabha, the desperate Yadav troika had raised the pitch further on the bill. They had even drafted a no-confidence motion against the UPA government and sought support from some known Congress baiters like Shiv Sena, to cobble together the required 50 Lok Sabha MPs to get the no-trust motion adopted. Manohar Joshi, senior Shiv Sena Leader, said: “If a no-confidence motion is brought we will support.” But the BJP had refused to support the Yadavs earlier, saying it’s too early for a no-trust motion. While hectic political activities are on in Parliament House, not far away in the Supreme Court, the Central government stood by Lalu in the disproportionate assets case on Wednesday. The Centre said the Bihar government had no right to appeal against Lalu’s acquittal. Its impact on Lalu is instant and evident, according to CNN-IBN. The Yadav leaders now maintain they never planned to move a no-confidence motion against the UPA government. They have not sent their letters withdrawing support to the govt, too. They claim they are still waiting for an appointment with President Pratibha Patil. Lalu was acquitted by a Patna court on charges of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 43 lakh in the fodder scam. Nitish Kumar had challenged the acquittal in the High Court. Lalu says the protest now has whittled down to getting the suspension on Rjaya Sabha MPs revoked. The government said the suspended MPs would have to apologise to the Rajya Sabha Chairman before any motion to revoke the suspension is introduced. But the MPs have refused to apologise. “We will not apologise,” said Kamal Akhtar, MP suspended on Tuesday. Another MP who was also suspended, Ijaz Ali said, “we will go to court against the decision of denying us the right to vote.” So the Yadav leaders are waiting and watching for now. If at all, the Left and BJP decide to bring in a cut motion on the Finance Bill in Lok Sabha, they may join hands to embarrass the government. With numbers not in their favour, perhaps the duo will have to learn to play the second fiddle in the Opposition benches. Withdraw support, we’ll join you: BJP The BJP on Wednesday asked the RJD and the Samajwadi Party to formally withdraw support to the government by writing to the President. “You go to the President, withdraw support. We are with you,” senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told RJD and SP chiefs, Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav, when the Lok Sabha was adjourned for two hours following an uproar over the forcible eviction of seven opponents to the Women’s Reservation Bill from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Lalu and Mulayam reached out to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, impressing upon the need to take up the issue of the use of marshals to remove suspended members from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Taking note of the vociferous protests against the use of marshals, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, “The Women’s Reservation Bill is a very important piece of legislation. It should be passed in a more persuasive manner and not exactly the way it was done”. Dasgupta and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also demanded that the suspension of the seven members be revoked. “These members were suspended after a resolution was moved by the Government to that effect in the Upper House. Now, the Government should move a resolution withdrawing the suspension which can be adopted by the House,” Yechury said.

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