Senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party Murli Manohar Joshi said here on Tuesday that just talking of bringing a no-confidence motion against the United Progressive Alliance government made no sense if the party supporting the motion did not have the numbers to support it.

Mr. Joshi was referring to the remarks made by Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi on Monday on bringing the no-confidence motion.

“No-confidence motion is only feasible when you have the real numbers, which, at this moment, Mamataji doesn’t [have],” he told a journalist.

The BJP leadership had ruled out any no-confidence against the UPA government, with party president Nitin Gadkari saying on September 20 that the government might fall as a result of its own deeds.

On Sharad Yadav, Convenor of the National Democratic Alliance, sharing the dais with Ms. Banerjee at her protest rally in New Delhi, Mr. Joshi said he did not believe in “political untouchability” on issues of national importance.

“Sharad Yadav can go there as the NDA is opposing FDI in multi-brand retail,” he said, adding that leaders of the Left parties were also present on stage with the BJP, while protesting against the issue.

“Mamata is opposing FDI in multi-brand retail, so is Sitaram Yechury,” he said.

Mr. Joshi evaded any direct response on the possibility of the Trinamool warming up to the NDA in the future.

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