The BJP on Sunday said in a press conference that the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked for their support on the ‘no-confidence motion against the UPA government but it would take the call only after meeting with the NDA’.
Talking to media, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said, “Ms. Banerjee spoke to [Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha] Sushma Swaraj on the telephone, but Sushma Swaraj has gone to Mumbai to attend the funeral of [Shiv Sena chief] Bal Thackeray. Once she returns, the NDA will take a decision on the issue.”
Further, Mr. Joshi said, “In the opinion of the BJP, this government has lost the mandate of the people.”
He added, “That is why we will sit and discuss. If the numbers are not adequate and the motion fails, the government becomes safe for the next six months during which another such motion cannot be brought. Again if the motion is successful, we must immediately provide an alternative or elections will be called.”
Moreover, Murli Manohar Joshi said that leaders such as Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaj Party have opposed to FDI but they might come to aid the UPG government. He said, “We will decide our strategy when the NDA meets.”
Joshi said, “They [the Trinamool] would depend on other parties’ support. So despite that if the Trinamool leadership decides to go ahead, it should be prepared for whatever the consequences are.”