No-trust: Mamata reaches out to CPI

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 10:27 hrs

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday called up Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta to seek his party's support for the no-confidence motion that she plans to introduce in Parliament on Thursday-the first day of its winter session, said NDTV.

TMC has just 19 MPs and it requires 50 to introduce the motion in the Lok Sabha.

Dasgupta told Mamata that it was a decision that the party has to take. Then, she reportedly asked him to convince his party.

Till now, the TMC chief has not received much active support from other parties in this issue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the AIADMK are reportedly meeting on Tuesday to decide on their strategy over the no-confidence motion being sought by Mamata over price rise and FDI in multi-brand retail.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said it will not back Mamata.

Speaking to a private news channel, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said that the motion was not going to carry through as the TMC simply didn´t have the numbers.

He said the failure of a no-confidence motion could send the wrong signals and be seen as an endorsement of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre.

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