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5 more Samajwadi MPs may desert UPA
Vicky Nanjappa & Krishnakumar P | July 19, 2008 21:21 IST
The sudden decision by Rajya Sabha member Shahid Siddiqui to join the Bahujan Samaj Party has brought jitters in the United Progressive Alliance camp, which is pinning its hopes on every parliamentarian possible to win the trust vote.
While the Congress is relying very heavily on the Samajwadi Party to cruise through the trust vote on July 22, several leaders in New Delhi feel that five more MPs from the party are expected to go against the government.
While, Siddiqi himself doesn't have a vote, his ability to pull five of SP's Lok Sabha MPs is seen as a critical blow to UPA's plans of touching the magic number.
"I do not know how many people will follow me. I also am not here to lobby. But Whoever calls me, I tell them why I am opposed to the deal and urge them to think well on how this deal will affect the nation before they vote," he said.
When asked specifically whether five more MPs from the SP would join him, he said, "I am not sure. There may be a possibility but I am not sure about it."
Four SP rebels have already decided to vote against the government. If five more MPs come out of the party, as sources suggest, then the strength of the SP in Parliament comes down to 30.
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