|Mamata Banerjee arrives at Parliament on Tuesday. Picture by Prem Singh
New Delhi, Dec. 10: Mamata Banerjee today described the Assembly election results as a vote of no-confidence in the Congress and called upon regional parties to come together to lead the country after the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
“The public has already expressed its no-confidence in the current government. Where is the need to bring a no-confidence motion?” Mamata said, asked if the Trinamul Congress would support the motion moved by six Andhra Pradesh MPs opposed to the creation of Telangana.
“People have given a message against the Congress. Now the time has come for regional parties. If they come together, they can give a stable government to the country,” she said.
Mamata spent over two hours meeting Opposition leaders in Parliament, possibly to sense the political churn in the capital after the Congress’s crushing defeat.
BJP’s L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh were among the leaders she met. Trinamul sources described the informal meetings as a courtesy call before the term of the 15th Lok Sabha, of which Mamata was also a part till becoming chief minister, ends this summer.
Mamata refused to take questions on the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. As chief minister it was not proper for her to speak against another chief minister, she said.
“The sentiment in the country is against the Congress. There is no need to discuss Narendra Modi,” Mamata said.
The Congress was paying the price of anti-people measures it had taken since she quit the UPA, the Trinamul chief said.
“Our party will not align with the Congress or the BJP. People have voted (in the just concluded Assembly elections) against the Congress. Regional parties have some good leaders and people have faith in them,” she said.
Mamata also met YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and while backing his stand against the division of Andhra Pradesh, refused to support the no-confidence motion. The Samajwadi Party and the BSP would bail out the government, she said.
Mamata also told Jagan the Lok Sabha election were round the corner and the Congress could not hope to return to power as an “anti-Congress wave” was sweeping the country, sources said.