No-trust motion : BJP denies Mamata contacted its leaders
The BJP today said Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee never contacted leaders of the principal Opposition party on no-trust motion against the Congress-led UPA government in Parliament.
"Mamata Banerjee never contacted our leaders on no-trust motion. Some leaders of other parties also told us that Ms Banerjee did not contact them on no-trust motion," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters at Parliament premises.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejected the no-trust motion by the Trinamool Congress as it lacked the support of 50 MPs as required.
Mr Hussain said the BJP would stick to its demand for a discussion and voting under the Rule 184 on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector in the Winter Session of Parliament which was disrupted on the first day itself.
The BJP spokesperson said no-trust motion will give the Congress government a 'lifeline' as the government will 'manage' the numbers.
He said discussion and voting under Rule 184 was "better option to corner the UPA government." "This government has lost right to remain in power," Mr Hussain added.
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday had claimed that Ms Banerjee spoke to Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj seeking support for bringing the no-confidence motion against the UPA government.