No-trust vote: BJP puts off decision

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The BJP Parliamentary Party on Tuesday put off a decision on Trinamool Congress plans for a no-confidence motion against UPA government on FDI.

Briefing newspersons after the party’s deliberations, senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the NDA allies are meeting in the evening and the issue would be deliberated there in order to arrive at a consensus.

A section of the BJP, however, feels that the no trust motion looks ‘premature’ as a lot of groundwork is required to garner enough support for it to succeed on the floor of the Lok Sabha.

The success of Trinamool's proposed motion depends much on BJP, which is meeting here today to take a call on the issue, and on the stand of Samajwadi Party and BSP, who both appear at the moment not inclined to rock the boat.

"We think it (no-confidence motion) will not very helpful at this stage because it will help the government. Everyone knows the UPA government has the numbers.

"If you fail and the motion is defeated, it will help the government cover up all its wrongdoings and it will help it to claim that has the Parliament mandate," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters.

CPI National Secretary D. Raja virtually echoed Karat's views and said one has to see whose backing the motion gets and what are the issues.

At present, the government enjoys the support of about 265 MPs, including 18 of DMK, in a house of 545. With the support of Samajwadi Party (22) and BSP (21), the backing for the ruling coalition goes a little over 300, which is comfortable over the required 273 in Lok Sabha.

BSP and SP together or individually have not shown signs of withdrawing support so far.

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