As it happened: NDA to oppose FDI, won't back Mamata

by FP Politics  Nov 20, 2012 18:15 IST

#Congress   #FDI in retail   #Mamata Banerjee   #NDA   #parliament   #UPA  

6:25 pm: BJP raps Sinha on knuckles over Gadkari comment

The BJP also had one final comment on senior party leader Yashwant Sinha's comment against Nitin Gadkari.

"Yashwant Sinha has many forum to make his comment. We don't consider the method he has used as appropriate. We urge him to reconsider his comments made in public," Prasad said

6:20 pm: NDA meet ends, won't back Mamata's non-confidence motion yet

The NDA parties after meeting for over an hour and has decided to move a motion of disapproval against the government, but won't back Mamata's no confidence motion yet

The UPA government had assured Parliament that FDI in retail would be in abeyance until a consensus was arrived at. The government has violated this assurance

The NDA will move a resolution seeking to disapprove of the government's decision and seeking the UPA government to withdraw this decision, Prasad said.

"The NDA believes that the government has failed on all fronts and it is time for it to go. The NDA will talk to all political parties to explore the possibility of a no confidence motion," he said.

5:20 pm: Mamata now takes to Facebook to seek support

After political appeals failed, Mamata Banerjee goes on Facebook to seek the support of the Left and all other parties for her no-confidence motion in Parliament. In a long winded post on Facebook she wrote:

If they (CPIM) have any problem to support the No-Confidence Motion moved by the Trinamool Congress, they may move such Motion themselves. But I want to be assured that the No-Confidence Motion is tabled for voting. I will have no hesitation in voting for the No-Confidence Motion moved by them, and for that reason even if I am required to go to the Party Headquarters of CPI(M) for discussion, I will do so.

The nation is currently passing through a very critical and crucial time. Sometimes such situation deserves strong will and strong decision. The minority government at the Center is not following democratic norms and is taking a series of anti-people decisions like FDI in Retail, Pension and Insurance sectors, cap on subsidized LPG cylinders, hike in diesel and fertilizer prices, etc. Prices of essential commodities are rising unabatedly. The voice of protest is being silenced and the CBI is being misused. Every time, the Congress with their friends develops fine artistry in distancing itself from certain political parties.

The present situation also demands strong stand that the present ‘UPA Government must go’. Some political parties are acting as saviour of corrupt government. They should take the cause of the common people and oppose the UPA Government, because people of this country want to see who are the saviours of this ‘vrastachari sarkar’.

I appeal to all political parties to stand united and join the No-Confidence Motion against the UPA Government for the greater interest of the motherland, so that corruption and anti-people decisions are thwarted.

5:00 pm: Gadkari refuses to speak about Sinha's comment

Gadkari's treating this statement by Sinha the same way he's treated dissent from other party leaders. He doesn't say anything when newspersons approached him for his reaction.

4:45 pm: Sinha rebels, says Nitin Gadkari should quit as party chief

Yashwant Sinha, the former Finance Minister under the NDA regime and senior BJP leader has set the cat among the pigeons by becoming the seniormost party leader so far to demand the resignation of the party president Nitin Gadkari.

"Whether our party president is guilty or not is not the issue today. The issue is that all of us in public life should be beyond reproach," he told PTI.

This report comes just minutes before the NDA meet to decide on the Parliament strategy. The meeting is bound to get a whole lot more interesting now.

Read the complete report here

2.30 pm: No one has approached me over a no-confidence motion

AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has said that no one had approached her over a no-confidence motion in Parliament, adding that she would take a decision on whether to support it only if it came up for discussion in Parliament.

However Jayalalithaa categorically said she would vote against retail FDI in Parliament, adding that her stand in this respect remained unchanged.

12:45: Mamata now says she will back a CPI (M) led no-confidence motion

The CPM may not want to have anything to do with Mamata Banerjee's plan to introduce a no-confidence motion in Parliament, but the West Bengal Chief Minister says she's willing to mend bridges with her arch foes to ensure the fall of the UPA government.

"We have no ego issues. Even if the CPI(M) moves a no-confidence motion we will support it. This is why we are appealing all parties to think hard about whether they want UPA2 to continue. If Congress can speak to to the BJP, then even TMC can speak to anyone from the Left," she said.

She has also volunteered to back a no confidence motion if the CPM introduces one in Parliament. Hell hath no fury...

However, she shouldn't be too hopeful of getting an olive branch from the Left.

Prakash Karat had already ruled out any chance of the party backing Mamata's move yesterday and said they would prefer other alternatives to take on the government in Parliament.

12:30 pm: BJP says it has taken a decision, won't say until it talks with NDA allies

The BJP after its Parliamentary committee meet has decided to keep the decision taken at the meeting a secret.

Party spokesperson and MP Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that the party had decided on what course of action to take with regards to the no-confidence motion that has been proposed by one-time ally Mamata Banerjee.

"However, we still have to discuss it with the NDA allies. We are meeting with our NDA allies this evening after which we will inform you of our decision," he said.

So now its a waiting game till 5 pm to know what the BJP has decided.

11:45 am: NDA allies also to meet later today to finalise party strategy

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj has said on Twitter NDA Floor leaders will be meeting at 5 pm today to finalise the strategy in the upcoming session of Parliament.

11:00 am: BJP meets to decide on backing Mamata

Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met today to decide whether to support a no confidence motion that has been proposed by the Trinamool Congress against the UPA government in the upcoming Winter session of Parliament that begins on 22 November.

The BJP parliamentary board is meeting under the chairmanship of LK Advani to fine-tune its strategy on how to take on the government's policy decisions like FDI in retail in Parliament during the upcoming session.

The BJP has so far remained non-committal about backing former ally Mamata Banerjee's plan and reports say they are not keen to follow the West Bengal Chief Minister's hard line.

Will they decide to back Mamata? AFP

Other Opposition parties have also not decided whether to back Banerjee for one reason--the TMC does not have adequate numbers in the Lok Sabha and motion may fail. The TMC has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and, as per Parliamentary rules, it needs to enlist the support of at least 50 MPs to push through a no-confidence motion.

Earlier, Mamata had spoken to Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj to seek the party's support in moving the no-confidence motion.

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said yesterday, "If the numbers are not adequate and the motion fails, the government becomes safe for the next six months within which another such motion cannot be brought. If the motion is passed and the government falls, you have to think of the next course of action."

Another party that Mamata was hoping would back her, the CPI(M), has also categorically said that it will not give its support. However, the CPI has said it would vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA government, provided the TMC manages the requisite numbers for its admittance.

Meanwhile, reports say that the AIADMK led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa might back the TMC. The AIADMK will also meet today to decide on its strategy.