Despite Mamata Banerjee's 'no confidence' biting the dust in Parliament due to lack of numbers, Trinamool Congress leaders put up a brave front and hailed it as their moral victory that exposed all other opposition parties.
In her home state, the abortive move faced flak from all corners, with Congress leaders saying the cornered Trinamool turned itself into a laughing stock. Even rebel party MP Kabir Suman and former ally SUCI MP Tarun Mondol criticised Mamata's move.
Interestingly, Kabir Suman defiant party MP was absent, apart from the fact that Tarun Mondol MP from SUCI too did not vote in favour. But TMC got support from three BJD MPs. This afternoon all 19 TMC MLAs stood up to prove their numbers and even called on to others who did not respond.
"Though the motion was rejected on the floor of the House due to numbers, but the 'No Trust' against the UPA Government is not rejected by the people of the country. Now, you see the saviours of the government are exposed," Mamata Banerjee posted on Facebook.
"We had a talk with different parliamentary party leaders, even with SUCI. But they chose not to support us," said Sougata Roy, senior Trinamool Congress MP. "Nobody showed the courtesy to discuss the issue with us. We are not responsible for actions of other parties," said Tarun Mondol, SUCI MP.
"This is our moral victory. It is a shame that the Left MPs and BJP MPs and all others who shout day in and day out against the Congress government anti-people policies remained silently seated. The nation saw that Mamata Banerjee is the only one standing in favour of aam admi and the rest of the parties are wearing masks," said Sultan Ahmed, senior party MP.
Trinamool Congress sources that they expected BJP and other NDA allies to support them and were surprised. Last night party leaders told Mamata Banerjee that there might not be enough numbers to introduce the motion. But she told party leaders to go ahead with it.
"Our leader showed she is trustworthy and never goes back on her word. Whatever the circumstances we carried on what we started. We will highlight this in rallies through out the nation," said a party core committee member.
However, rebel MP Kabir Suman also criticised Mamata Banerjee for not taking the right step. "She is not showing signs of political prowess. The expected results were on show in the Lok Sabha," Suman said.
Meanwhile, state Congress leaders launched an attack on Mamata Banerjee. "She tried to hold hands with BJP and even her arch rival CPI(M) in bringing the no-confidence motion. But her failure in the Lok Sabha showed that she is cornered in national politics. She is making a laughing stock of the party through such futile antics," said Deepa Das Munshi, Congress MP and union minister of state for urban development.
Left leaders, too, interpreted Mamata Banerjee's failure as an expected outcome of her adamant attitude. "This was bound to happen. She was adamant. As a result she got what she deserved," said Suryakanta Mishra, leader of the opposition in state Assembly.