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Cash-for-vote: LS panel to summon BJP MPs
The Lok Sabha panel probing the BJP MPs' allegation has decided to summon them on August 4 to record their statements.
No proposal to join govt: Amar Singh
Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh says his party had not received any proposal from Congress for joining the UPA government neither had it given any proposal in this regard.
I am now a sinner in the eyes of the party: Somnath
In his first hard-hitting reaction after expulsion from the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said that he was now a "sinner" in the eyes of the party.
SP expels six MPs for voting against government
Samajwadi Party on Friday expelled six whip-defying MPs who cross-voted against the Congress-led UPA government during the confidence motion.
UPA rallies behind Somnath Chatterjee
The UPA rallies behind Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, a day after the veteran Marxist was expelled from the CPI-M, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting him, a move aimed at assuring him of the coalition's backing.
Akali Dal expels rebel MP for abstaining during trust vote
The ruling Akali Dal in Punjab has expelled rebel party MP Sukhdev Singh Libra from its primary membership for defying the whip by abstaining during the vote of confidence.
BJP expels eight MPs for violating whip
The Bharatiya Janata Party has expelled eight of its Lok Sabha MPs for either cross-voting or abstaining during the confidence vote in Parliament.
The Sickle falls on Somnath
A defiant Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was on Wednesday expelled by CPI-M in the wake of his refusal to quit the post.
Cash-for-vote: BJP MPs file complaint against Amar
SP leader Amar Singh's name figures in a formal complaint filed by the three BJP MPs who had alleged on the floor of Lok Sabha that they were offered Rs 3 crore each for abstaining in the trust vote.
CPM mulls action against defiant Somnath
The CPM made no secret of its unhappiness and Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said that a "decision" in the matter would be taken at an "appropriate time".
BJP MP Soma Bhai Patel to vote for UPA
Suspended BJP MP from Gujarat, Soma Bhai Patel says this is a decision that of his conscience since he was insulted by the men in BJP, a party for which he worked whole of his life.
Govt acted in national interest: Manmohan
PM regrets the House has assembled for a trust vote after four years of his government at a time when it had to tackle issues of inflation and price rise.
Crucial LS session begins to decide UPA fate
A crucial two-day session of the Lok Sabha that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government began here on Monday.
Speaker chairs all-party meet
Defying a CPI(M) directive to quit his post before the trust vote, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee Monday chaired an all-party meeting here ahead of the special session of the Lok Sabha to decide on the confidence motion.
Manmohan sixth PM to seek trust vote in three decades
Of the eight trust votes in the nearly three decades since 1979, only three Prime Ministers have survived, and five others either lost the vote or had to resign before the ballot.
Prime Minister moves confidence motion in Lok Sabha
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh moved the confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The motion read: "That this House expresses its confidence in the Council of Ministers".
Soren meets PM, submits 13-point demand list
JMM chief Shibu Soren informed that a monitoring committee would be constituted with JMM's representation to ensure implementation of the 13-point demand made by the party.
Somnath gives no indication of quitting post
Somnath has so far parried questions as to what he would do on July 22 when the government seeks the vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha by merely remarking "It is a million dollar question".
DMK's Maran to vote for UPA
Dayanidhi Maran of the DMK has said that he would follow the party diktat and vote for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government.
Shiv Sena to vote against UPA
Sena leader Anant Geete said the party would vote against the Congress-led UPA government and it would issue a whip to this effect to all its MPs on Sunday.
Hours after meeting PM, SP gen secy joins BSP
Siddiqui, who met BSP supremo Mayawati immediately after coming out of the prime minister's official residence, told reporters that he was feeling suffocated in the party.
SAD issues whip to MPs to vote against UPA Govt
Ahead of the trust vote in Parliament, the Siromani Akali Dal has issued a whip to its eight MPs to vote against the UPA government.
16 of 39 MPs turn up at SP meet
The meeting, addressed by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and General Secretary Amar Singh, has assumed importance as the SP has become a crucial ally of the Congress-led coalition at the Centre ahead of the confidence motion.
PM seeks Gowda's support for trust vote
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to JD-S chief H D Deve Gowda on Friday, seeking his party's support for the July 22 trust vote in Lok Sabha.
NLP to vote against UPA
As UPA continued to woo smaller parties, the National Loktantrik Party has announced that its lone MP will vote against the Government.
NDA chief ministers resolve to defeat UPA govt
The main opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was confident that the Congress-led government would not be able to win the July 22 trust vote, Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) general secretary Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.
TRS to back Mayawati as first dalit PM: Rao
With less than a week left for the trust vote in Parliament, the TRS on Wednesday declared that it will be the first party to back Mayawati for prime ministership.
BJP questions Somnath's impartiality
Taking a dig at Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for his reported reservation about the CPM's decision to vote with a "communal" BJP in the July 22 confidence motion, the BJP on Wednesday questioned his impartiality.
Bishnoi to vote against UPA
Congress MP from Bhiwani Kuldeep Bishnoi, who has been suspended from the Congress, said he had recently written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh citing 10 objections to the Indo-US nuclear deal.
SAD to vote against UPA govt
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal has said that the party has a clear-cut policy against the Congress and that the party has decided not to support the Congress-led government during the trust vote.
All political parties should vote against UPA govt: BJP
M Venkaiah Naidu has said that all political parties should take a firm stand on the performance of the UPA government which was not bothered about the welfare of the common man.
Bardhan alleges going rate of MPs is Rs 25 cr
CPI general secretary A B Bardhan accused the Congress-led UPA of horsetrading and alleged that the going rate of an MP was Rs 25 crore.
CPM announces issue based tie-up with BSP
CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat told the press that the Communist parties appreciate the stand of BSP on the nuclear deal.
Jyoti Basu advises Somnath to toe party line
After the 50-minute meeting between Basu and Chatterjee, party insiders said the Marxist veteran played the role of a crisis manager persuading the speaker to follow the party line.
Mamata doesn’t support UPA
Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee said she would move a no-confidence motion against Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee if he did not quit the chair.
UNPA's 8 MPs to vote against confidence vote in LS
The TDP with five MPs, AGP having two and the JVM’s one member will vote against the motion of confidence on July 22, TDP leader Yerrannaidu said.
SP claims support of 7 BSP MPs
Samajwadi Party, which appears to be struggling to keep its own MPs intact on the issue of supporting the UPA government, claims that it has the support of seven Bahujan Samajwadi Party MPs.
NDA to vote against trust vote
The National Democratic Alliance on Wednesday decided to vote against any motion of confidence brought in by the UPA government.
National Conference yet to decide on trust vote
National Conference President Omar Abdullah says his party is yet to take a decision on voting for or against the ruling United Progressive Alliance in parliament.
SP trying to keep rebels away from Mayawati
Amid reports of an aggressive BSP trying to woo dissenting Samajwadi Party MPs, leaders of the Mulayam Singh Yadav's party are working overtime to redress their grievances over the decision to back UPA on the Indo-US nuclear deal.
Raj Babbar meets Sonia, pledges support
Rebel Samajwadi Party MP Raj Babbar has said that the Congress policy on the nuclear agreement was in favour of the country.
Amidst IAEA fiasco, UPA says it can face Parliament
Coming under attack from the Opposition and Left parties over the flip-flop on the IAEA pact, the ruling UPA says it is ready to face the floor test to prove its majority.
Cong accuses Left, BJP of 'misleading' nation on N-deal
Congress has accused the Left and Opposition of misleading the nation on the issue of approaching the IAEA on the Indo-US nuclear deal saying they were trying to make a "mountain when not even a molehill exists."
Govt unveils IAEA draft safeguards pact
Amid controversies, claims and counter-claims, the Centre has unveiled the text of safeguards agreement reached with IAEA.
Left asks PM to seek trust vote
Leaders of the four Left parties handed over letters of withdrawal of support to the four-year-old UPA government to President Pratibha Patil.
IAEA gets India's safeguards agreement
The safeguards pact, which is the next step in the operationalisation of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, was sent to the 35-nation Board.
Timeline
 
July 2005
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush agree in principle to a civilian nuclear cooperation deal.
 
March 2006
Bush pays a three-day visit to India. Two countries agree on India's plan to separate civilian and military nuclear reactors.
 
December 2006
US Congress approves the deal.
 
July 2007
The two countries announce finalisatlon of the deal.
 
August 2007
Text of bilateral pact, called 123 agreement unveiled.
 
October 2007
Meetings between the Left and UPA after Sonia describes opponents of the deal as enemies of development. Centre agrees to delay approaching IAEA.
 
November 2007
Left briefly softens position.
 
December 2007
Left tells the government to stop talking to the IAEA.
 
February 2008
US urges India to close deal before Bush leaves office.
 
June 25, 2008
UPA-Left meeting, but no agreement.
 
July 4, 2008
The left give the government a July 7 deadline.
 
July 7, 2008
Left withdraws support
 
July 14, 2008
Mayawati-led BSP decides to vote against UPA
 
July 22, 2008
UPA Govt wins the trust vote.
 
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