TMC to bring no-confidence motion against UPA govt

Written by Press Trust of India | kolkata | Updated: Nov 18 2012, 07:49am hrs
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Seeks support of Left, UPA allies; ready to talk to the BJP

Attacking the UPA government on foreign direct investment in retail and corruption issues, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday her party would bring a no-confidence motion against it in the winter session of Parliament. Seeking the support of UPA allies and Left parties, she also expressed a readiness to talk to the BJP.

Our party's parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session, Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, said at a press conference in Kolkata.

Political parties can talk to political parties. No religious issue is involved in it. This is not a religious issue or alliance issue. This is an issue which involves corruption. Minority and majority, we are all together because this is the issue which we have to combat, she said, adding that it would require the support of 50 Lok Sabha members to get the motion admitted.

She said that DMK, the UPA's second-largest ally after the departure of the Trinamool Congress, had decided to stay away from the ministry and had reservations against the foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.

Asked whether the Trinamool Congress has established contacts with other parties before deciding to bring the no-confidence motion, she said, We are doing this through the local and national media.

Stating that she had heard that Left parties were planning to move a resolution on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, she said, I request my Leftist friends not to bring a resolution if they are interested to safeguard the interest of the common people and want this government to go. Let them support our motion. And, if necessary, they themselves can bring a no-confidence motion, which we will support. But there should not be any backdoor deal to save the government.

Ready for floor test, have majority: Cong

The Congress on Saturday downplayed Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's plans to bring in a no-confidence motion against the government. Congress is ready to face a no-confidence motion. We have the majority, party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said. He suggested that the TC would not be able to bring such a motion without the support of communal forces, a reference to the BJP.

They say something, do something else: CPM

CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury said on Saturday that the TC stated something and did something else. The track record of TC has been such that they say something and do another thing. So till something happens tangibly, we won't be able to decide, Yechury said. If something like that happens then we will see at that stage, he said, responding to a question on TCs appeal for support to the no-confidence motion. He added: If you are bringing a no-confidence motion... if you are not successful, then that becomes a licence for the rest of the tenure of the government to say that Parliament has endorsed all that we are doing .. Now that sort of a clean certificate we don't want to give. Asked if they would go along with the BJP on FDI, Yechury said: Let them come.