FDI Issue: Congress takes on Mamata over plans to bring no-confidence motion in Parliament
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said it is a very strange situation that a political party with 19 Members of Parliament talks about bringing a no-confidence motion, and expressed hope that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee would seriously introspect about her actions.
"It has never happened in the history of Parliament that a party with 19 members talks about a no-confidence motion," said Tewari.
"I had said this earlier also when I was the spokesperson of the Congress Party that you have to evolve from being a street fighter to a statesperson, you have to evolve from an agitator to a administrator. It's a time, which comes in everybody's life. And, with due respect, I do hope that the Chief Minister of West Bengal would seriously introspect about her actions," he added.
Meanwhile, Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit said the UPA Government is open for a debate on FDI in retail issue under Rule 193 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Parliament.
Banerjee had earlier on Saturday announced that her party would bring a no confidence motion against the UPA Government during 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 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 from August 8 till September 7 this year over the demand of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation and cancellation of licences of coal blocks and an independent probe into the coal scam.