BJP Sunday said the Trinamool Congress did not have enough numbers to bring a no-confidence motion to oust the Congress-led central government, and that the party was yet to decide whether to support the move.
“What is the use of bringing the motion if it gets defeated. The Trinamool doesn’t have the numbers. Their leadership will have to decide how far they can go. All parties need to carefully chalk out the plan,” senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi said here.
“Numbers are important. If the motion gets defeated, then the government will relax for the next six months as you cannot bring another no-confidence motion during that period. We need to plan well,” he said.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Saturday announced that her party would move a no-confidence motion on the first day of the winter session of parliament Nov 22 and appealed to all parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left, to support the move.
“Mamataji telephoned Sushma Swaraj (BJP leader) to seek support for the move. We will take a decision on that only after a discussion with our party leaders and the representatives of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA),” Joshi said.
Sushma Swaraj is in Mumbai to attend Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s funeral. The BJP will take a call on Mamata Banerjee’s call after the BJP leader returns to Delhi, according to Joshi.
He said the BJP was the first party to oppose the economic reforms, including FDI in retail, initiated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, and the party will do its bit to support the opposition’s effort to bring the government down.
“We were the first to start the movement against the government on FDI. It is, therefore, a question of others joining us rather then us joining them,” Joshi added.
No-confidence motion will collapse: Congress
Interpreting Trinamool Congress’ decision to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA as amounting “coming closer” to the BJP, the Congress on Sunday 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,” AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.
Counting up the support of the RJD, SP, BSP and Janata Dal (Secular) in defeating the motion, he said, “The required number is 272, but the UPA has the support of 305 members. The government will complete its full tenure.”
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).”
CPI-M has yet not decided on the Trinamool Congress’s move to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the winter session of parliament but it will push for voting on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, a party leader said Sunday.
“We have not decided yet... It has not been discussed in the party,” Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader in the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acharia told IANS.
Acharia, however, said the outcome of a no-confidence motion was likely to depend on the stance of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) - two of the parties supporting the United Progressive Alliance government from outside.
Acharia said voting on the government decision to bring foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail was a must to prevent its implementation.
“We have given notice (for discussion) under rule 184. Voting is essential. If the resolution is adopted, FDI will not be implemented,” Acharia said.
Acharia said the CPI-M expected Trinamool Congress to vote against the government on FDI in retail as it was stoutly opposed to the decision.
He said CPI-M will talk to various political parties to garner support against the decision in parliament.
Acharia said SP and DMK leaders had opposed the decision on FDI in multi-brand retail.
The CPI-M leader said his party will also raise the issues of price rise, corruption, food security, and coal block allocation.