TMC welcomes JD(U) statement on no-confidence motion against UPA

TMC welcomed NDA ally JD(U)`s assertion that it could support a no-confidence motion against UPA government brought by other parties.

Updated: Oct 02, 2012, 20:39 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Tuesday welcomed NDA ally JD(U)`s assertion that it could support a no-confidence motion against UPA government brought by other parties and said it favoured a `Federal Front`.

"We welcome it. It is a changing situation now. Many parties will come forward to oppose the Centre`s anti-people decisions. Yesterday, DMK had said that it would back any opposition-sponsored resolution in Parliament against allowing FDI in multi-brand retail," senior party leader Saugata Roy told PTI here.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav had said in Delhi that "we are not focussed on ousting the government but if it is falling anyway, we will definitely give it a push."

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had said in Delhi yesterday her party planned to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the next session of Parliament and sought the support of other political parties.

Another senior TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said his party was for a federal front comprising regional parties to counter the Congress-led UPA government.

"Federal Front comprising regional parties in various states is the need of the hour as Congress and BJP have failed to give a proper direction in the present situation in the country," Bandyopadhyay, the leader of Trinamool Congress parliamentary party in Lok Sabha, told PTI.

"Besides Trinamool Congress, the other parties which
could be a part of the proposed Federal Front are based in Bihar, UP, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Assam," Bandyopadhyay said.

"It will not come in a day but through efforts to build unity among regional parties opposed to Congress and BJP," he said.

Though Bandyopadhyay did not name the parties, party sources indicated that Samajwadi Party, JD(U), BJD, YSR Congress party of Jagan Mohan Reddy and JD(S) were among parties which TMC is eyeing to build up a Federal Front.

Asked how such a Federal Front could materialise in the absence of CPI(M) and other Left parties, he said "the Left parties have lost credentials. It tasted power for 34 years in West Bengal."

Questioned whether such a proposed front would be a pre-electoral one, he said "what shape it will take will be known later."

He said the party chief has invited Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sharad Yadav, to join her rally against FDI in Lucknow on November 17.

TMC would hold similar protests in other parts of the country, he said. "She (Mamata) is talking with Nitish Kumar and Naveen Patnaik."

Referring to yesterday`s rally at Jantar Mantar against FDI in retail, Roy said "TMC wants to turn the movement into a national movement."

He said the TMC chief would visit various parts of the country to mobilise public opinion against the Centre`s `anti-people policies`.