Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has called up Lok Sabha Opposition
leader Sushma Swaraj seeking BJP's support to her move to bring a no-confidence
motion against the UPA government, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said today.
He, however, sounded circumspect about the consequences in the event of the
Asked if TMC's decision to move a no confidence motion in Parliament was a
correct one given the SP and BSP's outside support to UPA, Joshi told a press
conference here, "Opposing FDI is a correct stand, but if the TMC brings in the
no-confidence motion, it is up to it to accept the consequences."
"TMC doesn't have the numbers and will depend on other parties' support. Despite
that if the TMC leadership decides to go ahead, they should be prepared for
whatever the consequences may be," he cautioned.
Explaining what he meant, Joshi said if the numbers were not adequate and the
motion failed, the government would become safe for the next six months and
another such motion cannot be brought within that period.
"Again, if the motion is passed and the government falls, you have to think of
the next course of action," he pointed out.
Joshi said once Swaraj returned to Delhi from Mumbai after attending Bal
Thakeray's funeral, the NDA leadership would sit and discuss the issue.
There is some good news for Mamata from CPI veteran Gurudas Dasgupta who said
that his party would support a no-confidence motion brought by any party, but
pointed out that the TMC in moving the motion has to muster support of the
required 50 MPs.
"We will not take responsibility to save the government if a non-confidence
motion is admitted in Parliament. We will not walk out, we will vote against the
government," Dasgupta emphasised.
The Congress predictably slammed the TMC's move to bring a no-confidence motion,
with AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed telling reporters in Ranchi that the decision
amounted to the party's "coming closer" to the BJP.
He said the motion would fall through under the weight of 305 MPs.
"A 19-member party like Trinamool Congress announcing to bring no-confidence
motion shows its closeness not only to the BJP, but also to the CPI(M), but it
will be defeated by 305 members," he said.
However, the AICC spokesman saw a positive side to the announcement: "The
positive part of Mamata's announcement is that she will never again say that
Congress is the B team of the CPI(M)."
West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Pradip Bhattacharya told
reporters that the move brought out Mamata Banerjee's "lack of sense and
principle in politics".
"Mamata knows very well that she can't move the motion alone. Therefore she is
banking on support of "communal forces BJP" and arch-rival Marxists. This is
nothing but lack of sense and principle in politics," he said.
Bhattacharya alleged that this "friendship between unequals" was only for
'convenience' at the cost of political ideology and principle just to "wipe out"
"With this attitude Banerjee will have no credibility left to fight against
either the BJP or the Marxists," he pointed out.
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