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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1587

No trust move flops: Mamata Banerjee slams “saviours” of UPA Govt

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 23 November (

Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday has slammed "saviours of government" after rejection of no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier, an attempt by former UPA ally to bring a no-confidence motion against the government over FDI in retail failed in the Lok Sabha for want of requisite numbers.

Mamata Banerjee's party moved the motion as soon as Parliament met for the winter session but Speaker Meira Kumar disallowed it as it could not muster the required support of 50 members.

The motion, first in the current Lok Sabha, was moved by Trinamool Congress parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay and was supported by BJD. However, it lacked the support of the required 50 members as only TMC's 18 members and BJD's three members supported.

Moving the motion, Bandopadhyay said, "This House expresses want of confidence in the Council of Ministers over its decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail as it is going to harm millions of small businesses."

The Speaker asked all those supporting the motion to stand up.

Amidst chants of "shame shame" from Congress benches, TMC members stood up and there was a verbal clash too. Before the House assembled, Trinamool MPs held dharna outside Parliament House.

Pressing for a discussion on FDI in retail under a rule that entails voting, leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj said the government has shown contempt for the assurances given by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who is now the President of India. Swaraj said a vote on the issue would show that people of the country were against the move which would affect small traders. She accused the government of committing "gross insult" of Parliament by not fulfilling its assurance of taking the House into confidence on the issue.

RS adjourned on Day 1

Rajya Sabha could not function on the first day of the winter session of Parliament with issues like FDI and reservation to SCs/STs in promotions triggering uproar that led to its adjournment for the day.

Trinamool Congress and AIADMK raised the issue of FDI in retail when the House met at noon after the first adjournment, while BSP members rushed to the well raising slogans and created uproar over the issue of reservation to SCs/STs in promotions.

With appeals by deputy chairman P J Kurien going unheeded, BSP members kept raising slogans forcing him to adjourn the House for the day. As Mayawati stood up, her BSP colleagues led by Brajesh Pathak raised slogans demanding a bill for reservation to SCs/STs in promotions. At least six Trinamool Congress members also entered the well raising the issue of FDI in retail but lodged their protest silently.

AIADMK members also raised the FDI issue from their seats showing pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama's togetherness on the issue. M Venkaiah Naidu too rose to raise some issue but could not be heard in the din.

Earlier, when the House met for the day, it witnessed turmoil soon after it mourned the death of Bal Thackeray and former members including former Defence Minister K C Pant and the loss of life in cyclones in the US and Tamil Nadu and during Chhath Puja in Patna.

- Asian Tribune -

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