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Joshi’s open-door hint to Mamata

Calcutta, Oct. 2: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today said “our doors are open for everybody” when asked if his party wanted to forge an alliance with Mamata Banerjee in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Asked by reporters during a one-day visit to Calcutta if he was optimistic about a tie-up with the Trinamul Congress, the BJP MP said: “We don’t believe in the politics of untouchability. On the FDI issue, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury had attended a BJP-sponsored event in New Delhi last month. So what’s the harm if some political parties together oppose the government on the FDI issue?”

Mamata had shared the dais with NDA convenor Sharad Yadav during a protest against central policies, including FDI in multi-brand retail, at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.

The state Congress leadership today held up the presence of Mamata and Yadav on the same stage as “an indication” that the Trinamul chief was “tilting towards” the BJP-led alliance. “It is the first step towards embracing the NDA,” state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said.

At a news conference in Mahajati Sadan, Joshi did not find any logic behind Mamata’s threat of bringing a no-confidence motion against the UPA II government. “We have not received any official communication from Mamatadi. But by just saying that you want to bring a no-confidence against a government makes no sense unless you have the numbers,” he said.