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Advani to move no-trust vote
Satish Misra and Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27
Leader of the Opposition L. K. Advani will lead the attack on the UPA government by introducing a motion of no confidence in the coming winter session of Parliament, political sources said today.

Mr Advani’s strategy is the direct result of a host of factors, including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and Rajya Sabha Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s efforts to restore parliamentary dignity in the discussions and debates.

It is understood that the UPA government would respond in a positive fashion, welcoming the Leader of the Opposition’s intent to move a no-confidence motion as it would mean return to the best traditions of parliamentary democracy.

Mr Advani has impressed upon his colleagues in the NDA as well as in the party that the Opposition’s conduct in Parliament during the two sessions had been damaging as it had sullied its image and cost the Opposition alliance dear, sources said.

The Opposition, following the new strategy, would try to put the UPA government on the mat by focusing on its all-round failure on a host of issues like internal security, spiralling inflation, devaluing of the Prime Minister’s Office, backseat driving by the Left, etc.

Mr Advani gave enough indications of the new approach in his presidential speech today at Talkatora Stadium when he said: “We must fulfil our Opposition responsibilities with vigour and energy, but we must also conduct ourselves with dignity and responsibility. The positions we take must be well considered and clear”.

“We are perceived as a shadow government”, Mr Advani said, disagreeing with the Opposition stand during the first two sessions of Parliament.

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