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BJP turns no-trust-shy

New Delhi, Sept. 20: BJP chief Nitin Gadkari today said his party “had not thought about” bringing a no-confidence motion and appeared to play down L.K. Advani’s demand for a special session of Parliament.

“We have not thought of bringing any no-confidence motion,” Gadkari said in response to a query, a day after Advani declared the BJP would meet the President to seek the special session and predicted the Centre’s fall after Trinamul’s decision to walk out of the UPA.

The BJP chief suggested his party did not “want to do anything to make this government fall”. “Pulling down the government is not our priority. We will not be responsible for it. The government may fall in the natural course due to its own deeds,” he said.

But Advani had said the special session would be used to pin down the government for “breach of trust”. He alleged the Centre had violated its undertaking to Parliament that it would allow FDI in multi-brand retail only after building a consensus.

Today, Gadkari acknowledged Advani’s call for such a session but chose to side-step the demand, saying “we will discuss the issue”.

The BJP chief, who had himself predicted early elections after the Trinamul’s pullout announcement on Tuesday, today insisted the priority of his party was to force the government to roll back the recent policies — a position similar to the Left’s.

“Whenever elections come, we are ready for it. We will not be responsible for mid-term polls if they happen” Gadkari said, asked about snap polls.

Party sources said Gadkari’s latest position was aimed at denying the Samajwadi Party and the BSP the ruse to rush to the UPA’s rescue.

The two parties have often argued they need to back the Congress-led UPA to stop the “communal forces” from coming to power. BJP leaders said if the party gunned for the government’s fall, it could help the Samajwadi and the BSP by offering them the justification to bail out the UPA.