The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) will decide on supporting a no-confidence motion against the United Progressive Alliance Government, likely to be moved by the Trinamool Congress, only after knowing how many parties are backing the move, according to party general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
After a discussion here on Monday on the approach of the party MPs in the winter session of Parliament, she said: “If the no-confidence motion comes, it has to be successful. So far, nobody has approached us for support. If it comes up, we can decide only after knowing how many (parties) and who are all supporting [it].”
Responding to a question on the possibility of early Lok Sabha elections, Ms. Jayalalithaa said that her party would welcome them and was ready to face elections anytime.
Ms. Jayalalithaa was categorical that her party’s nine MPs in the Lok Sabha would oppose FDI in the retail sector.
“I have already issued a clear statement. We oppose FDI in retail. I will not allow it in Tamil Nadu. There is no change in our stand.”
Asked about her party’s stand on the Left parties’ plan to move a resolution on FDI, she said, “We will definitely vote against FDI.”
On the Congress projecting Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Ministerial candidate, she said that the party had the right to choose its nominee for the post.
On the view of parties such as the DMK that the presumptive loss estimated by the Comptroller and Auditor General in 2G spectrum allocation was wrong, Ms. Jayalalithaa said, “Congress is enacting a drama.”