Mamata to bring no-confidence motion, govt ready to face worse

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The winter session of Parliament beginning this Thursday is feared to be stormy with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress serving a notice for a no-confidence motion against the UPA government on FDI in retail sector, even as the government geared up to face the challenge and get some of the long-pending key economic bills passed during 29-day session.

Mamata Banerjee who quit the UPA alliance over the FDI issue may not find direct support from the main opposition NDA that has decided to bring in a separate motion that entails voting against the decision on FDI in retail. It kept open its options on a no-confidence motion of the Trinamool Congress.

NDA convener and Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday insisted on “opposition unity”, saying what is important for him is a consensus among the opposition parties and not the rule under which a discussion on FDI issue should take place in Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile new parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath met chief whips of all parties on Tuesday to impress upon them the need to ensure that serious pending legislative business is taken up during the short winter session. “The meeting was constructive and fruitful. Unfortunately, Parliament has not been functional fully in the previous sessions. This time government wants it function and important legislations are discussed and passed,” he told reporters.

There is a lot of business, as 102 bills were pending. Of these, 25 bills, including important economic bills we­re listed for consideration and passage during the last session. They included crucial banking laws amen­dment bill, insurance and pension reform bills, new companies bill and forward contracts (regulation) ame­n­dment bill. The land bill may be included for taking up as the session progressed, Nath said.

Nath said finance minister P Chidambaram would have discussions with opposition party leaders in a bid to take forward these important economic legislations.

Nath admitted that no-confidence motion has been moved by Mamata Banerjee and said it was up to Lok Sabha speaker, Meira Ku­mar, to decide on whether to admit it or not and under what rule. He added his party is fully geared up to face the no-confidence motion and that the ruling coalition had enough numbers to get it defeated on the floor of the House.

The Congress party, meanwhile, asked Mamata to explain whether she had entered into a tacit understanding with BJP. “Why a party with 115 MPs is ready to support a motion being brought by the 19-member party? Whether Mamata has entered into a tacit understanding with BJP is something she should tell secular voters of West Bengal,” AICC general secretary in-charge for West Bengal, Shakeel Ahmed, said.

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