Left to not back TMC no-confidence motion
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will not back a no-confidence motion against the UPA government expected to be proposed by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) during the Winter Session of the Parliament.
Speaking to a private news channel, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said that the motion was not going to carry through as TMC supreme Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, simply didn't have the numbers.
He said the failure of a no-confidence motion could send the wrong signals and be seen as an endorsement of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre.
Banerjee on Saturday had said her party would bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government during the Winter Session of the Parliament.
She said the motion would be moved on the very first day of session. It would be moved by TMC lawmaker Sudip Bandopadhayay, she said.
After meeting TMC parliamentarians at the West Bengal secretariat Writers' Buildings, Banerjee said her party, which walked out of the government over economic reforms, especially Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, would bring the no-confidence motion against the Manmohan Singh government.
"This government has no moral right to remain in power. We are bringing a no-confidence motion in the lower house (Lok Sabha)," she told reporters.
"What is going on is loot and jhoot (lies)," she said.
She also appealed to all other parties to support her in toppling the government.
India's main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed the move but is yet to declare whether it will support the motion or not.