Congress condemns decision, calls Trinamool a B-party of CPM
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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."
UPA has majority, can face no-trust: Cong
New Delhi: Reacting to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's threat to bring a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, the Congress on Saturday said that the UPA has the majority to face any such motion even as it maintained that the TMC would not be able to bring it without joining hands with the "communal forces".
"The Congress is ready to face a no confidence motion. We have the majority. Every party is within its right to bring any motion under Parliamentary rules. If Banerjee wants to bring in a no confidence motion, we have nothing to say. But at least 50 MPs are required to bring such a motion. It is a different matter if somebody brings it by joining hands with communal forces," Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters here.