Speaker Rejects TMC's Bid for No-Confidence Motion
An attempt by former UPA ally Trinamool Congress to bring a no-confidence motion against the government over FDI in retail failed today in the Lok Sabha for want of requisite numbers.

Mamata Banerjee's party moved the motion as soon as Parliament met for the Winter Session but Speaker Meira Kumar disallowed it as it could not muster the required support of 50 members.

The motion, first in the current Lok Sabha, was moved by Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay and was supported by BJD.

However, it lacked the support of the required 50 members as only TMC's 18 members and BJD's three members supported.

Moving the motion, Bandopadhyay said, "This House expresses want of confidence in the Council of Ministers over its decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail as it is going to harm millions of small businesses."

The Speaker asked all those supporting the motion to stand up.

Amidst chants of "shame shame" from Congress benches, TMC members stood up and there was a verbal clash too.

On seeing the lack of adequate support, the Speaker said, "The motion does not have the leave of the House."

 The Lok Sabha witnessed two adjournments including one when Trinamool Congress members stormed the well.

After Trinamool's no confidence motion failed, the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj pressed for a discussion on the FDI in retail issue under rule 184 which entails voting.

The senior BJP leader contended that discussion under a rule which entails voting was necessary as the government has committed "gross insult" of Parliament by not keeping its word on consulting all stakeholders including political parties before taking the decision on FDI.

She said the government has shown contempt for the assurances given by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who is now the President of India.

Swaraj said a vote on the issue would show that people of the country were against the move which would affect small traders.

Earlier, the Speaker said that she has got a notice of adjournment motion on the FDI issue from SP member Shailendra Kumar and the same was under her consideration.
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2/D-4
Nov 23, 2012
01:39 AM

Ms Mamta - It seems that your harmones are every where, and you can not take right decisions.  Please see a gynacologist!

Kel Shorey, Glasgow
1/D-104
Nov 22, 2012
08:38 PM

 You are honest in your report in using the word "disallowed", whereas the friendly TV channels have been deliberately repeating the word "rejected" since today afternoon. The language used against Mamata Banerjee is extremely low and most unbecoming of journalists and Members of Parliament or Ministers. The motion has succeeded in registering the protest in the strongest possible manner- it is now a part of the proceedings of this parliament. History spares none. So history will judge this government for its anti people policy of FDI in retail. Only fools will imagine that a group of less than a score of members of parliament can move a no confidence motion- even primary school students know that it needs more numbers than that. But such an economic atrocity had to be opposed in the strongest possible manner and the TMC discharged its duty to the nation commendably by trying to move the motion. The authority of the parliament has been asserted; so has the power of the people. Let the government play these economic games and be ready for consequences after 24 months and let their collaborators take India for granted  by opening retail stores to imbibe the lessons after 24 months.

M.L.Gupta, New Delhi
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