Mamata dialled Sushma for support on no-trust motion, says Joshi

Murli Manohar Joshi

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee called Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Sunday seeking support for bringing a no-confidence motion against the UPA government at the Centre, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said here.

"Ms Banerjee has approached Sushma Swaraj," Joshi said at a press conference at the Kolkata Press Club here.

"Swaraj has gone to Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral and after she returns to Delhi we will sit and discuss the issue," Joshi said answering a question on whether Banerjee has approached the BJP-led NDA for support.

"The NDA will meet tomorrow or day after and take a decision," the BJP Rajya Sabha MP said.

Banerjee had attacked the UPA government on FDI in retail and corruption issues on Saturday and said TMC would bring a no-confidence motion against it in the coming winter session of Parliament and sought support of UPA allies and Left parties. She had also expressed readinesss to talk to the BJP.

Asked whether there were adequate numbers to win a no-confidence motion at this juncture, the former BJP president said, "That is why we will sit and discuss. If the numbers are not adequate and the motion fails, the government becomes safe for the next six months within which another such motion cannot be brought.

"Again, if the motion is passed and the government falls, you have to think of the next course of action," he said.

Asked whether the TMC's decision to bring a no-confidence motion in Parliament was a correct one given the SP and the BSP's outside support to the UPA government, he said, "Opposing FDI is a correct stand, but if they (TMC) bring the no-confidence, it is up to them to accept the consequences."

"They (TMC) themselves don't have the numbers and would depend on other parties' support. So despite that if the TMC leadership decides to go ahead, they should be prepared for whatever the consequences may be," he added.

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