'Saviours' of the UPA exposed: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 22 (IANS) Ridiculed by the Left after her party's bid to table a no−confidence motion against the Congress−led UPA government fell flat in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the "saviours of the government" stood exposed.

She had earlier termed the Left the "saviours of corruption". In a post on social networking site Facebook, Banerjee claimed that although the no−confidence motion was rejected on the floor of the house because it did not muster the support of the requisite number of members, the "No Trust" against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had not been rejected by the people.

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee said her party moved the motion because of its commitment to the people of the country, knowing fully well that Trinamool Congress lacked the numbers to get it admitted.

"We thought other members who are so vociferous against FDI in retail and other sectors, and have opposed the anti−people decisions of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, would join the 'No−Trust' move against the government," Banerjee said.

"Unfortunately, they did not come forward for the cause of the people, citing various excuses," the Trinamool supremo said, explaining why the motion did not get admitted in the house.

Sudip Bandopadhyay of the Trinamool had earlier Thursday sought leave of the house to move the motion.

Speaker Meira Kumar asked the members to stand if they supported the motion. Other than the 18 Trinamool Congress MPs, only Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs (14 members) stood in support. Dissident Trinamool MP Kabir Suman was not present.

A no−confidence motion needs the support of at least 50 members to be admitted and moved in the lower house of parliament.


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