The Trinamool Congress’ decision to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-led Manmohan Singh government was guided by a narrow self-interest and the party is not aware of national-level politics, charged former West Bengal Chief Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here on Saturday.
“Ask them why did they brought it (no-confidence motion) and they will have no answer,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said while addressing a general body meeting of the CPI (M) North 24 Parganas district committee at Dum Dum on the city’s northern fringes.
“We were sure that the Congress would benefit by Trinamool moving a no-confidence motion,” he said, adding that it was decided that the Left parties will not give ammunition to the government by bringing such a motion, knowing full well that it will be defeated on the floor of the House.
The motion on November 22 was not admitted as the party could not get the requisite numbers. The CPI(M) blamed the Trinamool Congress for giving a “reprieve” to the UPA government pointing out that no such motion can be moved against the UPA government in the next six months.
Stating that the CPI(M) wants discussions under Rule 184 on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Mr. Bhattacharjee said that the UPA government can be defeated under the circumstances.
Criticising the UPA government decision to allow FDI in various sectors like insurance, pension and multi-brand retail, he said that the Manmohan Singh government was following the principles adopted by the U.S. government.
“The attempt is to take away money from the middle class that has come up in country and put it in the pockets of companies like Wal-Mart,” Mr Bhattacharjee said.
Neither farmers were benefited nor additional jobs were created in countries where FDI in retail has been allowed including the U.S., he added.
Commenting on the crisis faced by capitalist economies like the U.S., Mr Bhattacharjee said it was becoming evident with the protests around the world that capitalism cannot be the “last word”.
Launching a scathing attack on the Mamata government, he said anti-social elements were getting the message that this is their government and that message is coming from the seat of power -- Writers’ Building.
Referring to the upcoming panchayat elections in the State, Mr. Bhattacharjee said though the party is not sure when the elections will be held, party workers should not be caught off-guard in their poll preparedness.
“Those who had voted for change are now comparing the situation,” he said pointing out that a time has come to build people’s resistance against the government.