"We will not bail out UPA', says CPI (M) on Mamata's no-confidence motion

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 09:30 hrs

Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Monday said his party would not bail out the Congress-led UPA Government if West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee brings a no-confidence motion against it during the Winter Session of Parliament that commences from November 22.

Dasgupta, however, said he had no idea about Banerjee's plans because he had not received any letter from her or had had a conversation with her.

"Our position is very clear. If Mamata Banerjee is able to collect 50 members to support their no-confidence motion in the House, then it will be automatically admitted and there will be discussion. And after the discussion, there will be a vote. If the vote takes place after the motion is admitted having the support of 50 people, we shall definitely take no steps to bail out the government," he added.

Banerjee had earlier on Saturday announced that her party would bring a no confidence motion against the UPA Government during the Winter Session of Parliament.

"Our party's parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session," she told a press conference in Kolkata after a meeting with party MPs.

Stating that instead of moving notices under Rule 184, which entails voting or 193, which does not, Banerjee said "we have decided to bring the no-confidence motion to seek the ouster of the government and formation of a new government through fresh election."

"I request other political parties support our motion," she added.

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 from August 8 till September 7 this year over the demand of 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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