“BJP will support no-confidence motion against UPA Govt.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party will support a no-confidence motion against the United Progressive Alliance government brought by the Trinamool Congress or any other party, senior leader Chandan Mitra said here on Sunday.

“If the Trinamool, Mulayam Singh, Jayalalithaa … anyone brings a no- confidence motion, the BJP will support it because the party wants the government to go,” Mr. Mitra told journalists. He said the party wanted the UPA government “to disappear from the face of the nation.”

Any replacement for the UPA government would be good for the country, Mr Mitra said. The Manmohan Singh government had threatened the livelihood of the common people through its recent decisions.

“All the parties in the Opposition should come together to bring the government down,” the BJP MP said.

Questions stand

Mr. Mitra raised questions over the parties which claimed to oppose foreign direct investment in retail but said they did not want the UPA government to fall. “I want to ask, what kind of opposition is that?” This would help the government to implement the provision for allowing FDI in retail.

So far, the BJP leadership had ruled out bringing a no-confidence motion against the UPA government. However, the party had said that the government was falling and it was not the BJP’s job to save it.

Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee, who withdrew support on September 18, had threatened to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government.

She had expressed willingness to forge a federal front and the party was eagerly awaiting the support of other parties so that it could bring a no-confidence motion. On Saturday, Babulal Marandi, president of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik, pledged support to the Trinamool in its fight against the Manmohan government. The party, which has two MPs, had withdrawn support to the UPA government on October 1.


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