TMC to bring no-confidence motion against UPA govt

Mamata Banerjee

Seeks support of Left, UPA allies; ready to talk to the BJP

Attacking the UPA government on foreign direct investment in retail and corruption issues, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday her party would bring a no-confidence motion against it in the winter session of Parliament. Seeking the support of UPA allies and Left parties, she also expressed a readiness to talk to the BJP.

"Our party's parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session," Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, said at a press conference in Kolkata.

"Political parties can talk to political parties. No religious issue is involved in it. This is not a religious issue or alliance issue. This is an issue which involves corruption. Minority and majority, we are all together because this is the issue which we have to combat," she said, adding that it would require the support of 50 Lok Sabha members to get the motion admitted.

She said that DMK, the UPA's second-largest ally after the departure of the Trinamool Congress, had decided to stay away from the ministry and had reservations against the foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.

Asked whether the Trinamool Congress has established contacts with other parties before deciding to bring the no-confidence motion, she said, "We are doing this through the local and national media."

Stating that she had heard that Left parties were planning to move a resolution on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, she said, "I request my Leftist friends not to bring a resolution if they are interested to safeguard the interest of the common people and want this government to go. Let them support our motion. And, if necessary, they themselves can bring a no-confidence motion, which we will support. But there should not be any backdoor deal to save the government."

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