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Posted on Nov 20, 10:20PM | UNI
Confusing the Left in respect of her arch rivalry and playing a new political card, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that her party would support a CPI(M) sponsored no-confidence motion, if moved against the UPA government, in Parliament.
Interacting with mediapersons at Writers' Buildings, Ms Banerjee said Trinamool was not averse to any such no-trust motion against the Manmohan Singh government, if moved by either CPI(M) or CPI.
"Let CPI(M) move a no-confidence motion against the Centre, or the CPI, we are ready to support it if the issues are same," she observed.
Leaving the Left leadership 'a bit uneasy,' Ms Banerjee also said she was ready to have discussion on the issue with the CPI(M) state secretary.
"If necessary, I am ready to have talks with Mr Biman Basu visiting the CPI(M) state headquarters at Alimuddin," she remarked.
Reiterating her 'appeal' to all political parties, Ms Banerjee maintained " We don't have any objection in respect of having talks with any political party on the issue if offers are made." Incidentally, Ms Banerjee's 'invitation' to the Leftists with regard to a no-confidence motion against the UPA II government came a day after CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat rubbished the proposal.
" A no-trust motion will only help the Centre cover up all the wrong measures it has taken and claim parliamentary mandate because it has the numbers to defeat it," Mr Karat had said in New Delhi.
Protesting the 'anti-people' policies of the Centre, Ms Banerjee had announced on November 17 that Trinamool Congress would move a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the winter session of Parliament on November 22-the opening day of the session.
She had said Mr Sudip Bandopadhyay, MP, would move the no-confidence motion and Mr Saugata Roy, MP, would initiate discussion on it.
Ms Banerjee had also appealed to all political parties to support the no-trust motion against the Congress-led UPA II government.
'I appeal to all political parties to be united and support the no-confidence motion like the Jayprakash Narayan movement,' the Trinamool chief had observed.
Taking exception to the issues of FDI, pension, price rise of fertiliser, petrol, diesel and withdrawal of subsidy on LPG, Ms Banerjee had said the UPA government was reduced to minority after her party's withdrawal from it but was continuing to announce such 'anti-people' policies.
To a query on whether her party could have talks with the BJP before moving the no-confidence motion, Ms Banerjee said 'nothing is wrong' in this respect.