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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced that her party would bring a no-confidence motion against the "corrupt and minority" UPA government during the winter session of Parliament, beginning on November 22.
She appealed to all parties, including the CPM and BJP, and Congress MPs with "conscience" to support her move to oust a government which is taking "anti-people decisions one after the other".
"Our parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay will bring the no-confidence motion on the first day of Parliament," Mamata announced after a meeting of her party MPs. However, she did not explain how her party, which has only 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha, will manage to get the support of 50 MPs — essential to bring in a no-confidence motion.
"A casual discussion or a resolution cannot topple the government. So, such initiatives are not fruitful. If a no-confidence motion is tabled, there will be no chance for the government to backtrack. The UPA II has lost its right to rule even for a single day," Mamata said, adding that she hoped regional parties, which opposed the government's "anti-people decisions" like permitting FDI in multi-brand retail trade, would support the move.
"Despite being a minority government, the UPA II reshuffled its Cabinet and took several anti-people decisions. In protest against anti-people decisions, our MPs abandoned ministerships. This is a fight against corruption and to save people and our motherland. We are not with those who are selling the country and looting its wealth," Mamata said.
Asked if she would discuss the issue with the BJP, she said, "This is not a religious issue. This involves the interest of the common people. This is a campaign against corruption. If Manmohan Singh talks to Sushma Swaraj and Soniaji speaks with Advaniji, no one says this is untouchable."