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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kolkata, November 20, 2012
A day after the CPI(M) refused to support a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in Parliament proposed by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister sought to gain political mileage on Tuesday by putting the onus of moving the motion on her Marxist archrivals.

Banerjee said here that her party was ready to support a no-confidence motion if the CPI(M) moves it.

She even said she's ready to talk with CPI(M) leaders and visit their party headquarters on Alimuddin Street, which she had described till now as a symbol of the "oppressive monolith".

"We are ready to support a no-confidence motion brought by the CPI(M). We may have ideological differences but no one is untouchable for me. All leftists are not bad. Let them bring it but with one guarantee that they will not withdraw it at the last moment by conniving with the Congress," Banerjee said.

On Monday CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat rejected Banerjee's proposed motion, saying that the UPA has the numbers to survive it. Instead, Karat argued for a resolution against FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha under Rule 184 that entails voting. The BSP and SP, which extend outside support to the government have opposed the FDI policy.