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CPM to join other parties to vote out UPA govt
September 04, 2008 19:56 IST
Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] of 'lying to people and Parliament' on Indo-US nuclear deal, the Communist Party of India-Marxist on Wednesday demanded his resignation and said it would join hands with other parties to bring a no-confidence motion against his government.
"The only option left to them (UPA) is that the prime minister should quit. But neither will convene Parliament session nor will they quit. It is a shameless government," party General Secretary Prakash Karat [Images] told media persons in New Delhi [Images].
He alleged the government has been 'lying' to Parliament and people on the nature of the bilateral agreement reached with the US for civilian nuclear cooperation.
"It is evident that the Indian government was fully aware that the fuel supply assurances did not cover a termination of the 123 agreement and they have deliberately misled the country," he said.
The Left parties, BSP, TDP, JD(S) and parties, which opposed the deal, would jointly meet President Pratibha Patil [Images] in the next couple of days to demand immediate convening of the monsoon session of Parliament.
Karat indicated that the government was trying its best not to allow tabling of a no-confidence motion, saying it had not prorogued the previous session so far and had only adjourned it sine die.
As per parliamentary norms, if a session is a continuation of the previous one, then the same motion cannot be brought in the House again. The opposition had brought a no-confidence motion in the budget session.
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