NEW DELHI: The Winter Session of Parliament is likely to witness lot of heat on the FDI in retail issue with erstwhile partner Trinamool Congress even planning to move a no-confidence motion against the central government.
It is hinted that Trinamool Congress (TMC) is not expected to get any backing for the no-trust move as the Left and the Right are eyeing to find a resolution on the FDI issue under a rule which entails voting.
The NDA will bring a motion that entails voting against decision on FDI in retail but also kept its options on a no-confidence motion open.
TMC has been part of the Congress-led UPA till two months back. This regional party has mere 19 members while no confidence motion needs support of minimum 54 members, 10% of the net strength of the Lower House.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, “A former ally with 19 members threatening us does not mean it is a threat. It does not mean we are counting our numbers.”
The month-long session is scheduled to end on December 20 and it will have about 20 sittings and Centre has developed a heavy legislative agenda consisting 25 bills for consideration and passing, 10 bills for unveiling and a voting on supplementary demands for sanctions for present financial year.
Meanwhile, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had displayed hope that Parliament will function smoothly and also requested all parties to realise the difficult times being witnessed by the Indian economy and then work with Centre.