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Mamata says she is ready to back CPM no-trust and even meet Biman

Calcutta, Nov 20 (PTI): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday she is ready to support a Left-sponsored no-trust move to bring down the United Progressive Alliance government, less than a day after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) rejected her proposal.

“If Biman-babu wants, I am even prepared to go to Alimuddin to discuss the issue,” Mamata told reporters at the state secretariat, referring to Biman Bose, the CPM’s state secretary, and his office at the party’s Alimuddin Street headquarters.

“My appeal to the CPI-M is not to do anything to bail out this minority government which is steeped in corruption and which has taken many anti-people decisions,” she said.

CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury had rejected Mamata’s proposal on Monday.

On Tuesday, Mamata said: “If they have reservation about our party sponsoring the motion, let the CPM bring it, we will support, provided there is assurance that they will not withdraw it midway striking a deal with Congress. If the issue is same, there is no objection to support their motion”.

To a question on the Bharatiya Janata Party vis-a-vis the proposed no-trust motion of her party, she said: “Let them decide. They have to take a stand.”

Apparently hitting out at the Congress and the CPM for floating “BJP fear psychosis”, she said, “BJP is a political party whose ideology we do not support. Every party has his own ideology. We have our ideology but this is not a religious issue. This is an issue that involves saving the country.

Referring to the formation of the V P Singh government and Jyoti Basu sharing a platform with BJP leader Atal Behari Vajpayee in the 1980s, she criticised the CPM stand and said that there were numerous instances when the CPM, which was now raising the BJP bogey, had sided with that party in the formation of a government as also sharing platform.

She said that the BJP and the CPM also had joined hands in Parliament on the issue of the Lokpal bill. This trick of the CPM is an old game to bail out the Congress-led government and it would get exposed.

“It is no use playing the BJP card at a time when this government is mired in corruption and loot”.

She once again expressed her readiness to talk to the BJP saying, “If anyone wants to talk, they can talk.”

Emphasising that the “UPA government is corrupt and following anti-people policies”, she said, the people are watching those who will bail out this government.