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Suspended BJP Gujarat MP hints at voting for UPA

July 20, 2008 18:33 IST

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Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Somabhai Patel indicated that he may vote in favour of the United Progressive Alliance during the confidence motion in Lok Sabha, claiming that he was not bound by a whip as he remains suspended from the party.

"I am free to take my own decision," the MP from Surendranagar in Gujarat told PTI.  Patel said he would announce his decision before the session begins.

Patel, a strong critic of the style of functioning of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images], said he was not bound by a whip as he has been suspended from the party.

Accusing senior party leader L K Advani of joining hands with the Communists to fulfil his dream of becoming the prime minister, Patel said "Advani should have waited for six more months for the next Lok Sabha polls."

Patel claimed that there is no danger to UPA government and that it will win July 22 trust vote.

When it was pointed out that BJP has revoked the suspension of Vallabh Kathiriya, party MP from Rajkot, he replied, "I am not Kathiriya."




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