Wednesday, April 21, 2010

[ZESTCaste] BSP refuses to share its stand on finance

BSP refuses to share its stand on finance

Indo-Asian News Service
Delhi, April 21, 2010
First Published: 15:23 IST(21/4/2010)
Last Updated: 15:25 IST(21/4/2010)

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday refused to divulge its
stand on the finance bill that will come up during the ongoing session
of Parliament.

"We will decide later," Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP general secretary
and a close aide of party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati, told IANS when asked if it would move a cut motion alongwith
other Opposition parties seeking roll back of the fuel and fertiliser
price hike.

The BSP has 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left have already announced
that they would bring cut motions.

On April 12, the BSP had stayed away from a meeting of 13 opposition
parties, held here to chalk out a strategy of a cut motion in the Lok

The BSP refused to attend the meeting as Mayawati's arch-rival Mulayam
Singh Yadav was also invited.

Sources in the government said the finance bill is likely to be taken
up April 27, the day the non-BJP opposition parties have called for a
nationwide shutdown against the price rise.

In a bid to ensure that the bill is passed without any hitch, the
Congress has issued a whip asking all its MPs to be present for seven
days of the Lok Sabha proceedings starting April 20.

When the budget proposals are presented before parliament for
approval, an MP can question a budgetary allocation in the form of a
cut motion. If that is implemented, it amounts to a vote of no
confidence in the government.

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