UF left without anyone to back
The United Front on Sunday night formally gave up its plan to support a Congress-led government at the Centre after Congress president Sonia Gandhi made it clear that her party would not stake a claim to form the government.
The UF top brass was in session at Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral's home this evening when Sonia, after meeting President K R Narayanan, announced that the Congress would not stake its claim to power.
Front sources said once the Congress had taken the decision, the UF had no role to play. The UF also decided to cancel its core committee meeting scheduled for Monday. In any case, controversial UF convener and Anadhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was not scheduled to attend the meeting because the AP assembly convenes for its budget session tomorrow.
Among those who attended the meeting were former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Railway Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Industries Minister Murasoli Maran, Communist Party of India general secretary A B Bardhan, Information and Broadcasting Minister S Jaipal Reddy and Tamil Maanila Congress president G K Moopanar.
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