Kolkata: Attacking the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail and corruption issues, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her party would bring a no-confidence motion against it in the winter session of Parliament and sought the support of UPA allies and Left parties and expressed readinesss to talk to BJP.
“Our party’s parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhyay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session,” Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, told a press conference here after a meeting with party MPs.
Stating that instead of moving notices under Rule 184, which entails voting or 193 which does not, she said “we have decided to bring the no-confidence motion to seek the ouster of the government and formation of a new government through fresh election. “I request other political parties support our motion,” she said.
Asked whether TMC would seek the support of former ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Banerjee said “if anybody wants to talk to us we are ready”. “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 “when Congress talks to BJP, then it is touchable. But when other political parties want to talk to BJP on political grounds it is untouchable. This government which is mired in corruption of thousands of crores of rupees and sold out the country and has taken anti-people decisions one after another arbitrarily like FDI in multi-brand retail, FDI in pension and imposed a cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, must go,” Banerjee, whose party has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha, said.