Jayalalithaa adopts wait and watch approach on TMC's no-confidence motion

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 11:40 hrs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said the AIADMK would examine all details before coming up with its view on whether to support West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's proposed no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA Government.

"So far, no one has approached the AIADMK for support on any no-confidence motion. If such a request comes, we will examine it," said Jayalalithaa.

The AIADMK supremo, however, made it clear that her party was against the FDI in retail.

"We oppose FDI in retail. And I have categorically stated that I will not allow it in Tamil Nadu. There is no change in our stand," she said.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who is still to garner support from all political parties over her move to bring a no-confidence motion, earlier today reached out to her arch-rival and said that her party is willing to support a Left-sponsored motion on the issue of FDI in retail.

"I am ready to talk to any party on no-confidence motion. If the Left brings no-confidence, Trinamool is ready to support it," she told mediapersons in Kolkata.

Banerjee, who has had the bitterest rivalry with the Left in West Bengal, also said that she had phoned the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta to try and push for support.

"I have told Gurudas Dasgupta... the CPM has said we can't support Trinamool Congress' no-confidence motion. If that is the case, why don't you ask the CPM to table a no-confidence? We will support," she said.

The Winter Session of Parliament will begin on November 22.

The TMC had parted ways with the UPA coalition over differences on the fresh economic reforms introduced by the government in mid-September, including the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

Parliament did not function for the entire Monsoon Session over the demand of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation and cancellation of licences of coal blocks and an independent probe into the coal scam. (ANI)

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