Left junks no-trust motion but Opposition in talks to close ranks on voting rule

Nov 19 2012, 23:57 IST
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According to sources, shedding ideological constraints, Left leaders on Monday reached out to BJP. (Reuters) According to sources, shedding ideological constraints, Left leaders on Monday reached out to BJP. (Reuters)
SummaryAccording to sources, shedding ideological constraints, Left leaders on Monday reached out to BJP.

Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee had called up Sushma and sought the BJP’s support for her no-confidence motion, there was no confirmation forthcoming of the same on Monday either. Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy has denied such a call.

Still the BJP is in no hurry to dismiss the Trinamool, a potential future ally, in a hurry. “We will take a decision on the issue tomorrow,” party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. NDA floor leaders were to meet later in the evening to work out a strategy for the session.

“A no-confidence motion will only help the government cover up all the wrong measures it has taken and claim parliamentary mandate, as it has the numbers to defeat such a motion,” Karat told reporters. “I hope the Opposition will come to an understanding.”

Yechury also said the government could take a win in the no-trust move as an endorsement of its “anti-people” policies. A motion entailing voting to oppose FDI in multi-brand retail would be “a much better strategy to defeat the government’s move”, he said, adding that parties like the SP would support such a motion but not a no-confidence vote.

Interestingly, he indicated that the Left could take a final call on the basis of the “real situation in Parliament”.

“The track record of Trinamool,” he said, “shows that they say one thing but do something else. So, we will have to wait and see.”

Karat rubbished Commerce Minister Anand Sharma’s argument that no executive decision had been challenged by Parliament in Independent India. Terming the argument as “specious”, he said that Lok Sabha records show that on March 1, 2001, Roop Chand Pal had moved such a motion in the House over disinvestment of Balco. The then NDA government had agreed to allow discussion and voting on this executive decision under Rule 184.

“Rule 184 has been invoked to discuss... If Parliament cannot debate a decision that affects 40 million people, what is Parliament for?” he asked.

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