Congress condemns decision, calls Trinamool a B-party of CPM

Calling Trinamool Congress the B-team of the CPM, the West Bengal unit of Congress has strongly condemned Mamata Banerjee's decision to table a no-confidence motion against UPA II while Left Front chairman Biman Bose ridiculed the Trinamool's move saying Mamata "speaks much but does nothing". The BJP state unit, on the other hand, welcomed

Mamata's move and advised her to have talks with opposition parties before bringing the motion.

"We strongly condemn the chief minister's decision. She had called our party as the B-team of CPM. Now she is out to strengthen the hands of CPM by weakening Congress. Now, we call her party the B-team of the CPM," West Bengal Pradesh Congress

Committee president and Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Bhattacharjee told The Sunday Express.

Bhattacharjee also accused the Trinamool of "strengthening the communal BJP" by seeking support of the saffron party. "She is doing this just to oppose Congress. She is not only helping the communal BJP but also strengthening the hands of a party of terrorists like CPM," Bhattacharjee said.

Meanwhile, Left Front chairman and CPM politburo member Biman Bose said: "Mamata says a lot but her announcements do not reflect in reality. The TMC can only announce. As far as the no-confidence motion is concerned, we know that TMC does not have the adequate number of MPs which is required to move a no-confidence motion. First they should gather the adequate number of MPs. With just 19 MPs, such motion cannot be tabled." He said CPM MPs Sitaram Yechuri and Basudeb Acharya have sought discussion in Parliament. "We have been organising movements and even called a strike on the issues she (Mamata) is speaking about. But she protested against these issues on just one day."

Rahul Sinha, president of West Bengal state committee of BJP, welcomed Mamata's decision. "We too are of the opinion that the present government at the Centre has no right to remain in power. But the CPM does not want to topple the government. Therefore, the no-confidence motion should not be moved hurriedly and whimsically. Mamata should initiate dialogue with the opposition parties before moving the no-confidence motion."

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