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Manmohan keen on seeking early vote of confidence

Vinay Kumar

Date of Lok Sabha session to be made known today

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday met President Pratibha Patil and stated that he and his Cabinet colleagues were keen on seeking a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha as early as possible.

“The precise date on which the Lok Sabha will be summoned for this purpose will be communicated to the President by the Prime Minister by Friday evening,” a press communiqué issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

The meeting lasted for nearly half-an-hour.

On Thursday, the President requested a meeting with the Prime Minister in view of the political developments following the withdrawal of support by the Left parties to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Dr. Singh returned from Japan after attending the G-8 summit in the early hours of Thursday.

The President had also taken note of her meeting with Samajwadi Party leaders, who reiterated their support to the UPA by submitting a letter of support afresh.

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