Rings up senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has reached out to the Left on bringing a no-confidence motion against the United Progressive Alliance [UPA] government at the Centre, sources told The Hindu here on Monday.

Even if the Left did not support such a motion moved by her party, Trianmool is willing to back a no-confidence motion should either the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]or the Communist Party of India [CPI] decide on moving one.

While CPI general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy told The Hindu over telephone from New Delhi that his party had learnt of the Trinamool Congress’s decision to bring a no-confidence motion only through the media, sources here said Ms. Banerjee spoke to senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on the phone.

“Ms. Banerjee said if either the CPI or the CPI(M) were to move a no-confidence motion, her party will support it,” sources added.

This is significant considering Ms. Banerjee’s strident opposition to the CPI(M), and her party has always been against sharing a common platform with it.

This comes a few hours after CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat at a Press conference in the Capital virtually rejected the Trinamool Congress’s appeal to the Left parties to vote in favour of the proposed no-confidence motion.

Mr. Reddy emphasised that though the matter had been discussed at a meeting of the Left parties recently, no decision had been taken yet.

He said the discussions then had centred on the fact that a no-confidence motion may not be successful, but “in the changed circumstances” the party will have to meet and discuss the matter afresh.

He said though the CPI “has serious differences” with the Trinamool Congress, the party will have to take “an objective stand” on a matter of national importance.

“The party will hold a meeting to discuss the issue tomorrow or day after where we shall carefully consider the consequences,” he added.

Mr. Dasgupta had stirred a controversy on Sunday saying his party will vote against the UPA government if a no-confidence motion were brought against it.