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NDA against ‘no-confidence’

NDA will not bring a no-confidence motion in Parliament against UPA government to force it to prove its majority following withdrawal of support by Trinamool Congress in view of its 2008 experience, NDA convenor Sharad Yadav said on Sunday.

'We have no plans to bring no-confidence motion in Parliament against the UPA,' he told reporters here.

Yadav said NDA was opposed to dislodging the UPA government from power by 'hook or crook' on the issue of 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail and added that it was for UPA government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to decide whether they wanted to go for fresh parliamentary polls or complete the remainder of its tenure 'on crutches'.

'In any case, the next general elections were not very far away,' the JD[U] leader said.

Yadav, however, said he would attend TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's political programme at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi tomorrow.

'We had burnt our fingers earlier [on trust vote] and do not want a repeat of the same,' he said referring to the UPA-1 government winning a confidence motion in 2008 after the Left Front withdrew support following the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Slamming the UPA government for allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, Yadav said it would jeopardise livelihood of 95 per cent of retail traders in thecountry.

The opposition, he said, would like to use people's power to defeat the ruling coalition at the centre in the next general elections.'We will ensure that people like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia do not come to power again,' he said.

He castigated UPA government's defence of FDI in multi-brand retail and other policy decisions to push economic reforms. 'If indeed the reforms have strengthened the Indian economy then how come the industrial production has gone down and the growth target is capped at five per cent?' he asked.   
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