Kolkata, Nov 19: Mamata Banerjee found an ally in the CPI on Sunday after the later said that it would support a no-confidence motion brought by any party against the UPA government at the Centre. Party MP Gurudas Dasgupta said they would not take responsibility to save the government if a no-confidence motion was brought in the Parliament. "We will vote against the government," he said, however, emphasising that it was the stand of the CPI only and not the entire Left Front.
When asked about the party's stand if a party like the BJP had brought the motion, the senior CPI leader said it would support the move no matter who initiated it. He said it was the responsibility of the mover of the no-confidence motion to get backing of 50 MPs to get it admitted in the Parliament. He, however, said that they did not receive any communication from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the matter.
Another party of the Left Front, the CPI(M), however, said that the TMC-backed motion was a "gimmickry" for the party did not have the required number of MPs. West Bengal secretary of the party, Biman Bose said on Sunday after a party meeting in West Midnapore district that their stand was clear and the party would not indulge in such gimmicks. He also believed that the TMC was speaking to the BJP over the motion. Party MP Basudeb Acharya has already intimated the Lok Sabha Speaker about his demand on a debate on the FDI under rule 184 that calls for a division following discussion. The CPI(M) is yet to decide its stand on supporting the proposed no-confidence motion.
TMC national general secretary Mukul Roy said party chief and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee already had support from all political parties that opposed anti-people policies of the UPA government. He said the question was about taking a strong stand in favour of common people's interests and all parties were welcome to support the proposed motion.
Dasgupta also criticised the Congress-led UPA government, saying that the latter had completely failed in carrying out its responsibilities and was making the country suffer economically. While he sought a white paper on the current economic condition, Dasgupta cautioned that the Parliament should not be disrupted through protest. He also said that the Opposition and the judiciary should have a say in the appointment of the CAG, besides the government.