New Delhi: The CPI-M has yet not decided on the Trinamool Congress’s move to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the winter session of parliament but it will push for voting on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, a party leader said Sunday.

“We have not decided yet… It has not been discussed in the party,” Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader in the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acharia told IANS.

The winter  session of parliament begins Nov 22.

Acharia, however, said the outcome of a no-confidence motion was likely to depend on the stance of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – two of the parties supporting the United Progressive Alliance government from outside.

“(We) do not know if SP, BSP will do it (vote against government),” he said.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had Saturday announced that her party will bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the winter session of parliament.

She asked all political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and her bete noire CPI-M, to support her move and said party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay would move the no-confidence motion on the opening day of the session.

Acharia said voting on the government decision to bring foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail was a must to prevent its implementation.

“We have given notice (for discussion) under rule 184. Voting is essential. If the resolution is adopted, FDI will not be implemented,” Acharia said.

The government had taken the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail in September this year.

The CPI-M has given notice in both houses of parliament – the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha – for discussion on the government’s decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail under rules which entail voting.

Acharia said the CPI-M expected Trinamool Congress to vote against the government on FDI in retail as it was stoutly opposed to the decision.
He said CPI-M will talk to various political parties to garner support against the decision in parliament.

Acharia said SP and DMK leaders had opposed the decision on FDI in multi-brand retail.

The CPI-M leader said his party will also raise the issues of price rise, corruption, food security, and coal block allocation.

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