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Left, Mayawati attend UNPA lunch


New Delhi : Taking forward their attempts to build a bigger Third Front and vote out the Manmohan Singh government, the Left parties and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati attended a lunch hosted by the remnant members of the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) here Sunday.

The political developments of the day ahead of Tuesday’s trust vote in parliament heated up further with the luncheon hosted at 9, Safdarjang Road, the residence of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP K. Yerran Naidu.

The political heavy-weights at the luncheon, besides Mayawati, included Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Prakash Karat, Communist Party of India (CPI)’s A.B. Bardhan and D. Raja, Abani Roy of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Forward Bloc’s Debabrata Biswas.

Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) chief H.D. Deve Gowda’s son H.D. Kumaraswamy was also present.

Asked about the JD-S’ stand on the trust vote, Kumaraswamy told reporters: “Yes, we have taken a decision”, and added that they would announce their stance later in the day.

The luncheon was also attended by other UNPA constituents including TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)’s Brindavan Goswami, Indian National Lok Dal’s Ajay Chautala and Jharkhand leader Babulal Marandi.

The National Conference was not present.