TMC's no-confidence motion rejected
As the Winter Session of the Parliament started on a stormy note, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday rejected the no-confidence motion moved by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on the decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
The TMC moved the motion against the government despite having only 19 MPs. It was rejected as the TMC could not gain the support of 50 MPs.
Mamata said that after her split with the UPA, the government has become a minority and is in no position to move the FDI in multi-brand retail.
The TMC chief has been reaching out to several parties, including arch-rivals Left, for supporting her no-confidence motion.
However, no party was explicit in its support for Mamata and did not promise to back the TMC on the issue.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, however, demanded for voting on FDI issue under Rule 184 of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha. Rule 184 ensures a vote after debate.
"We should be given an opportunity to express our views under rule 184. Under rule 184 there should be a discussion on FDI in the parliament," Swaraj said.
Pertinently, the government is opposed to it.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm as the ruckus continued.
The Rajya Sabha on the other hand was adjourned for the day.