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Left, BSP, UNPA to discuss Mayawati as PM

July 19, 2008 17:09 IST
Last Updated: July 19, 2008 17:31 IST

With signs of the trust vote becoming a close call, leaders of the Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the United National Progressive Alliance will meet on Sunday to discuss the possible scenario if the government falls, including a change of guard with BSP supremo Mayawati as the prime minister.

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Prakash Karat, Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu [Images] said the leaders would discuss "all possibilities" including a BSP-led Third Front government with Left support.

When asked whether he would accept Mayawati as the prime minister, Naidu asked, "Why should we be against it? We are not averse to it. But we have to discuss all these issues."

During the day, the TDP leader met Communist Party of India General Secretary A B Bardhan and Mayawati to mobilise support against the United Progressive Alliance government.

"We are working on a joint strategy to oppose the nuclear deal," Naidu said after meeting Mayawati.

Soren gets invitation for UPA dinner

Meanwhile, reaching out to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha whose five MPs will be crucial during the confidence motion on July 22, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] invited its chief Shibu Soren and other Lok Sabha members of the party to his dinner for UPA constituents on Sunday.

Invitations have been sent to all five JMM MPs, including Suman Mahto, Sudam Marandi, Hemalal Murmu and Teklal Mahto.

The invitation assumes significance as the JMM is said to be divided on whether or not to support the government.

Though its Chief Whip Teklal Mahto insists that all five JMM MPs will vote in favour of the confidence motion, Soren has not commented on the issue amid reports that he is in touch with the National Democratic Alliance as well following its offer to help make him the chief minister of Jharkhand.

It is also learnt that a group of party MPs will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi [Images]. Meanwhile, the JMM postponed till Sunday the crucial meeting of its parliamentary Board which was scheduled for Saturday evening.

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