Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Mamata says she’s willing to back CPM no confidence motion

Mamata says she’s willing to back CPM no confidence motion
Clean Media Correspondent

Kolkata, Nov 20 (CMC) The CPM may not want to have anything to do with Mamata Banerjee‘s plan to introduce a no-confidence motion in Parliament, but the West Bengal Chief Minister says she’s willing to mend bridges with her arch foes to ensure the fall of the UPA government.

“We have no ego issues. Even if the CPI(M) moves a no-confidence motion we will support it. This is why we are appealing all parties to think hard about whether they want UPA2 to continue. If Congress can speak to to the BJP, then even TMC can speak to anyone from the Left,” she said.

She has also volunteered to back a no confidence motion if the CPM introduces one in Parliament. Hell hath no fury…

However, she shouldn’t be too hopeful of getting an olive branch from the Left.

Prakash Karat had already ruled out any chance of the party backing Mamata’s move yesterday and said they would prefer other alternatives to take on the government in Parliament.

12:30 pm: BJP says it has taken a decision, won’t say until it talks with NDA allies

The BJP after its Parliamentary committee meet has decided to keep the decision taken at the meeting a secret.

Party spokesperson and MP Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that the party had decided on what course of action to take with regards to the no-confidence motion that has been proposed by one-time ally Mamata Banerjee.

“However, we still have to discuss it with the NDA allies. We are meeting with our NDA allies this evening after which we will inform you of our decision,” he said.

So now its a waiting game till 5 pm to know what the BJP has decided.

11:45 am: NDA allies also met later today to finalise party strategy

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj has said on Twitter NDA Floor leaders will be meeting at 5 pm today to finalise the strategy in the upcoming session of Parliament.

11:00 am: BJP meets to decide on backing Mamata

Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met today to decide whether to support a no confidence motion that has been proposed by the Trinamool Congress against the UPA government in the upcoming Winter session of Parliament that begins on 22 November.

The BJP parliamentary board is meeting under the chairmanship of LK Advani to fine-tune its strategy on how to take on the government’s policy decisions like FDI in retail in Parliament during the upcoming session.

The BJP has so far remained non-committal about backing former ally Mamata Banerjee’s plan and reports say they are not keen to follow the West Bengal Chief Minister’s hard line.

Will they decide to back Mamata? AFP
Other Opposition parties have also not decided whether to back Banerjee for one reason–the TMC does not have adequate numbers in the Lok Sabha and motion may fail. The TMC has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and, as per Parliamentary rules, it needs to enlist the support of at least 50 MPs to push through a no-confidence motion.

Earlier, Mamata had spoken to Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj to seek the party’s support in moving the no-confidence motion.

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said yesterday, “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. If the motion is passed and the government falls, you have to think of the next course of action.”

Another party that Mamata was hoping would back her, the CPI(M), has also categorically said that it will not give its support. However, the CPI has said it would vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA government, provided the TMC manages the requisite numbers for its admittance.

Meanwhile, reports say that the AIADMK led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa might back the TMC. The AIADMK will also meet today to decide on its strategy.

1 comment:

  1. Mamta is trying her best to get rid of the UPA dispensation but it seems her efforts are half baked!