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NDA may urge President to intervene

BJP leader L.K. Advani with NDA leaders (from left) Sharad Yadav, Jaswant Singh, George Fernandes, Rajnath Singh, Manohar Joshi, Braj Kishore Tripathy, S.S. Dhindsa, Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar (foreground) at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.

BJP leader L.K. Advani with NDA leaders (from left) Sharad Yadav, Jaswant Singh, George Fernandes, Rajnath Singh, Manohar Joshi, Braj Kishore Tripathy, S.S. Dhindsa, Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar (foreground) at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Special Correspondent

If the government does not announce special Parliament session by today

NEW DELHI: The National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided that it would approach President Pratibha Patil for her intervention if a date for a special session of the Lok Sabha is not announced by Thursday to enable the government to seek a trust vote.

A meeting of NDA leaders was convened at the residence of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, L.K. Advani, here on Wednesday to discuss the political situation after the withdrawal of support to the United Progressive Alliance government by the Left parties.

Mr. Advani told The Hindu that the BJP would be active in ensuring the defeat of the government on the floor of the House.

BJP leaders claimed that the entire NDA, comprising the Shiv Sena, the Akali Dal, the Janata Dal (United) and the Biju Janata Dal – all these parties were represented at the meeting — would vote unitedly against a trust motion by the government.

However, agency reports quoted Akali leader S.S. Dhindsa as saying that his party would take a final view on what it would do during such a vote at a meeting on July 15. Immediately after the meeting, BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha V.K. Malhotra said the NDA had “unanimously demanded that the government should seek a vote of confidence as it has no moral or legal right to continue after withdrawal of support by the Left.” “If a date for a special session of the Lok Sabha is not announced by tomorrow, we would go to the President to ask her to direct the government to seek a confidence vote.”

Ms. Sushma Swaraj said the government had been reduced to a minority and it should demonstrate its majority in Parliament. It had no right to take further steps on the nuclear deal while it is in a minority, she added.

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