House has no trust in TMC move

SP, BSP help dilute attack on government; Centre calls for all-party meet on Monday

Published: 23rd November 2012 09:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2012 09:55 AM   |  A+A-


Though the opening day of the winter session of Parliament was a washout, mainly over the issue of FDI-in-retail, the division within the Opposition ranks ensured that the no-confidence motion moved by Trinamool Congress was a flop show, giving the government time until Monday to thrash out a deal with political parties.

With the new BJP-Left axis refusing to back Trinamool Congress’ no-confidence motion, there was no way the 19 MPs of Mamata Banerjee’s party could pose any threat to the government. The motion fell through as a minimum of 50 MPs had to support the motion and Trinamool managed only three extra votes from BJD MPs.

So even as the Left gleefully termed Trinamool’s “no-confidence motion against the government” as Parliament’s  “no confidence in Mamata Banerjee’s tactics”, the government smirked and used the opportunity to call an all-party meeting.

Ironically, the announcement of an all-party meet on Monday first came from CPI-M parliamentary party leader Sitaram Yechury.

This was after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told the Opposition leaders about the government’s intention to have such a meeting, at the Rajya Sabha Business Advisory Committee meet in the afternoon.

SP and BSP MPs — who provided a lifeline to the government — meanwhile did disrupt both Houses by rushing to the Well, but it was on the issue of raising the subsidy on LPG cylinders and the SC/ST quota, respectively. Thus, they virtually diluted the attack on the government on FDI.

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