Joshi says Mamata spoke to Sushma, TMC denies

Senior BJP leader and former party president Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday claimed that Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has spoken to Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj seeking support for bringing the no-confidence motion against the UPA government. The Trinamool Congress has, however, denied it saying that Mamata has spoken to no one on the issue.

On Saturday, Mamata had announced her party's decision to bring no-trust motion against the government and that she would seek support from the BJP as well as the Left Front.

"She (Mamata) called Sushmaji who told her to wait till she returned from Mumbai where she had gone to attend the funeral of Balasaheb Thackeray. She told Mamataji that a decision will be taken in the NDA meeting that would take place either on Monday or Tuesday,'' Joshi told mediapersons in Kolkata.

Joshi said Mamata has to bear the responsibility of bringing the motion. "We don't know where she would get the numbers from. She would have to take a decision on how far she could go," he said.

The Trinamool Congress denied Joshi's claim, saying Mamata has not spoken to anyone. "I believe what Joshiji said was not correct. There might have been a communication gap. I can tell you with full authority that Mamatadi did not speak to anyone on the issue of bringing the no-confidence motion,'' Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy told The Indian Express.

"Of course, there is no harm in talking to other parties but so far Didi (Mamata) has not spoken to anyone," he added.

Trinamool sources said Mamata has been talking to several national leaders and seeking support for the no-confidence motion.

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