Fifty-eight days after withdrawing support from the UPA II government, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced that her party would move a no-confidence motion against the government on November 22.
She said MP Sudip Bandopadhyay is likely to introduce the motion in Parliament the very first day of the winter session in Parliament.
Since to introduce a no-confidence motion, a party needs the support of at least 50 members of Parliament, Banerjee has appealed to all parties including her bitter political rivals for support - the Left and BJP.
"Mamata has a personal problem with the UPA leadership, and hence turned to us for support. However, she did not consult with us before making the announcement. We will deliberate on it and decide later," said CPM central committee member Mohammad Selim.
Mamata announced her move at a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is employing his dinner diplomacy skills to engage with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj party chief Mayawati. The SP and BSP have 22 Lok Sabha MPs and 21 MPs, respectively.
The primary opposition BJP has also been invited to the dinner diplomacy session.
The Trinamool Congress is simultaneously undergoing a bad spell in Bengal over two police firings in eight days, notching up a cumulative count of one killed and five injured. Not surprisingly, state Congress members are taking the lead in the opposition charge against the party and the chief minister.