Undeterred by the Left decision to pullout, government on Tuesday expressed readiness to face a trust vote as soon as the President directs and announced that it would go ahead with the nuclear deal only after shaking off the challenge.
“The taste of the pudding is in the eating”, remarked External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee when asked whether he was confident of sailing through a trust vote after withdrawal of support by the key outside supporters.
Mukherjee, who has been government’s pointsman on the Indo-US nuclear deal, however, went the extra mile to praise the Left, “appreciating” their support to the government for over four years to keep at bay the communal forces.
“I am not entering into any acrimony. We appreciate the support the Left parties extended to us for four long years to keep at bay the communal forces.
“We do believe that to keep at bay the communal forces, cooperation among all secular parties is needed,” said Mukherjee, the Leader of the Lok Sabha, implying thereby that the Congress could have to do business with the Communists again after the next elections.
With Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi by his side, Mukherjee said the government will go in for a trust vote in the Lok Sabha as soon as it receives a formal communication from President Pratibha Patil.
Briefing reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, he said a short session of the Lok Sabha would be held to seek the vote of confidence in view of the situation arising over the Left decision to withdraw support.
“I do not indulge in sharing confidence or in a numbers game. I have already stated that we are going to seek the vote of confidence,” he said when asked how confident the government was about winning the trust vote.
At the same time, he sought to put at rest any doubts over government’s keenness to go ahead with the deal.
“Surely, we would like to seek the approval of the Board of Governors of IAEA the moment we receive the vote of confidence. That is why we would like to expedite the entire process,” Mukherjee said.