Mamata to back no−trust motion if Left moves it

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 09:50 hrs

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Stating that the Congress−led UPA central government should be ousted, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said her party would support a no−confidence motion if the CPI−M−led Left parties move it in the Lok Sabha.

"This is a question of interest of the country. The CPI−M has said it won't support the (no−confidence) motion. I urge them to introduce the motion themselves," Banerjee, also the West Bengal chief minister, said.

"I am willing to go to Alimuddin Street (CPI−M headquarters) and talk to (Left Front chairman) Biman Bose on the issue," said Banerjee.

"We have no ego issues. If the CPI−M moves a no−confidence motion, we will support it. This is why we are appealing to all parties to think hard whether they want the UPA to continue. If the Congress can speak to the BJP, then even the Trinamool Congress can speak to anyone from the Left," she said.

Banerjee had earlier announced that her party would bring a no−confidence motion against the UPA government and sought support from all parties, including the Left and the BJP.

While the Communist Party of India−Marxist (CPI−M) has refused to support the motion, its ally, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta has said his party would back the move in the Lok Sabha.

Banerjee called Dasgupta Monday to convince the Left parties to table the no−confidence motion if they had problems in voting for such a resolution moved by her party.

"It is an issue concerning the common man. This is not a trivial issue. The UPA, in spite of being a coalition, is running the government whimsically. This government must go," added Banerjee.

"It is a big battle and the people will take notice of those parties who for their petty political interest make efforts to save this corrupt government," she added.

She reiterated that her party would not back out from its promise of bringing the no−confidence motion Nov 22, the first day of the winter session of parliament.

The Trinamool Congress withdrew from the UPA in September in protest against the hike in fuel prices and the decision to allow FDI in multi−brand retail.

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