BJP welcomes Mamata's plan to move no-confidence motion in Parliament
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Monday said that his political outfit welcomes West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's plan to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA Government in the Winter Session of Parliament.
Punj, however, said the BJP was keeping all options open in its endeavor to take the Manmohan Singh Government to task for coming up with reforms hurting the sentiments of the common man of the country.
"We have all options open. We will coordinate with every political party, which is ready to resist the anti-people policies of this government and we will definitely coordinate with Mamata Banerjee and we welcome her initiative," he said.
Mamata Banerjee earlier on Saturday announced that her party would bring a no confidence motion against the UPA Government in the Winter Session of Parliament.
"Our party's parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session," she told a press conference in Kolkata after a meeting with party MPs.
Stating that instead of moving notices under Rule 184, which entails voting or 193, which does not, Banerjee 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 added.
The Winter Session of Parliament will begin on November 22.
The TMC had parted ways with the UPA coalition over differences on the fresh economic reforms introduced by the government in mid-September, including the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
Parliament did not function for the entire Monsoon Session over the demand of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation and cancellation of licences of coal blocks and an independent probe into the coal scam.
Meanwhile, Punj also took potshots at the Centre over Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat's statement that the growth rate has come down and the investment sentiment in the country has weakened because of the anti-corruption atmosphere.
" Does he mean and is it the policy and stated stand of the UPA II that the growth can happen only when there is a pro-corruption atmosphere in the country and is this the declared policy of the UPA II Government," he added, while describing Rawat's statement to be extremely ridiculous.