New Delhi: After two days of debate, accusations and their clarifications, the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government has managed to secure the vote of confidence in Parliament.
The ruling coalition government won with 275 members voting in support of the government (Ayes), 256 voted against (Noes) and 10 members abstained from voting.
The debate on the motion was often acrimonious but it took an entirely different turn after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members shocked the house by producing bundles of currency notes alleging bribes by the Samajwadi Party (SP) to them for abstaining from voting.
Four BJP members including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were permitted to vote from the inner lobby of the house through slips on account of their ill-health.
The government had to seek vote of confidence after the Left parties withdrew support to the 4-year-old UPA government as retaliation against the civilian nuclear deal with the United States.
Many foresee this development giving a push to the reform process. Insurance Bill, banking and pension reforms are a few things that could now see light of day. The government will also be able to push the civilian nuclear deal.
(with PTI inputs)