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UPA mandarins not ready to trust former prime minister H D Deve Gowdas party due to past experiences

Though the Janata Dal(Secualr), which was keen for imposition of President’s rule, had promised to get the required support in case of a number-game, UPA mandarins were not ready to “trust” former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s party due to “past experiences”.

For Bhardwaj’s recommendation to come into effect, both houses of Parliament need to approve it. The UPA is a minority in the Rajya Sabha. Of the total members, UPA has only 98 and it requires 25 members to get a simple majority.

JD(S) had promised to get 35 members mainly from Left parties. Gowda, who invited Left leaders like A B Bhardan (CPI) and Sitaram Yachury (CPM) for a breakfast meeting on Sunday, also failed to get their support. This was his second meeting with Left leaders in five days.

The former prime minister who was supposed to attend the UPA II second anniversary celebrations at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence on Sunday evening cancelled his schedule as he got the wind that the Centre would reject Bhardwaj’s report, sources said.

Interestingly, though a section of Congress leaders wanted to sack the BJP government, but senior leaders like Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee were very cautious. They were also against taking the help of Left parties fearing that it was against the will of UPA’s major partner Trinamool Congress, sources said.

When state Congress leaders led by KPCC president G Parameshwara met Mukherjee and Antony, both of them told the delegates they had not forgotten the past bitter experiences with the “secular party’ leader.

Both ministers recalled how Gowda, apart from pulling down the Dharam Singh led JD(S)-Congress coalition government, did not back UPA I regime during the crucial trust vote on the US-India nuclear deal.

The State leaders who sought an appointment with  party chief Sonia Gandhi also failed to get response from 10 Janpath. They finally packed up and left for Bangalore after camping here for the past three days.

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