DMK with it, UPA ‘sure of numbers’
His remarks came after the UPA Coordination Committee meeting at which all constituents of the ruling coalition backed the government on the issue. “The UPA is united. Everybody is together. We stand by the government,” senior NCP leader Praful Patel told reporters.
While discussions under a rule requiring voting may not be an embarrassment to the government now, sources confirmed that it would prefer discussions under rules not entailing voting so as not to set a wrong precedent of Parliament voting on an executive decision. It also wants to avoid any chance of public dissension on the crucial issue.
While the DMK said it was backing the government with “bitterness” and to keep the BJP at bay, it puts the government in a comfortable position should the issue be discussed under Rule 184, entailing voting. Parliament was adjourned without conducting any business for the fourth day on Tuesday as the BJP and Left stuck to their position seeking a vote on the issue.
The UPA meeting held in the afternoon endorsed the government’s stand, with the official position being that it should be left to the Speaker to take a call on whether to allow discussion under Rule 184 or 193 that
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