Kolkata : The BJP on Sunday said the Trinamool Congress did not have enough numbers to bring a no-confidence motion to oust the Congress-led central government, and that the party was yet to decide whether to support the move.
“Numbers are important. If the motion gets defeated, then the government will relax for the next six months, as you cannot bring another no-confidence motion during that period. We need to plan well,” he said.
Incidentally, Mamata telephoned Sushma Swaraj on Sunday to elicit support for the move. However, Joshi was circumspect and said, ”We will take a decision only after a discussion with our party leaders and the representatives of the National Democratic Alliance.”
The Trinamool Congress chief had on Saturday announced that her party would move a no-confidence motion on the first day of the winter session of Parliament. Mamata has appealed to all parties, including the y and the Left, to support the move.
The CPI-M, too, has not yet decided on the Trinamool Congress’s move to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government. But it would surely push for voting on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, a party leader said.
“We have not decided yet… It has not been discussed in the party,” CPI-M leader in the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acharia told
Acharia, however, said the outcome of a no-confidence motion was likely to depend on the stance of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party — two of the parties supporting the UPA government from outside.
“(We) do not know if SP, BSP will vote against government,” he said.
There was some good news for Mamata. CPI veteran Gurudas Dasgupta said that his party would support a no-trust motion brought by any party but pointed out that the TMC has to first muster support of the required 50 MPs for moving a motion.
“We will not take the responsibility of saving the government if a non-confidence motion is admitted in Parliament. We will not walk out, we will vote against the government,” Dasgupta emphasised.