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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 09 December: A no-confidence motion jointly moved by Left parties and the Congress against Mamata Banerjee government today got defeated in the Bengal Assembly but the former claimed that their purpose had been served.

Chief Minister Banerjee, on the other hand, said that she hardly care about what the Opposition MLAs believe when her party Trinamool was increasing its vote share every election, with the latest instance being the by-polls in two Lok Sabha and one Assembly seat in the state.

BJP, which has three MLAs, remained absent throughout the discussion and voting on the no-confidence motion.

The Left and Congress had moved the motion mainly against the poaching of their MLAs and councillors / panchayat members by the Trinamool, the mishandling of the education sector, and not consulting Opposition MLAs while taking up development works in their constituencies.

Speaker Biman Banerjee allocated one-and-a-half-hour to debate the motion today and taking part in the debate Congress’ Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan and Left legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty came out with a volley of criticism against Trinamool government.

Mannan challenged the Chief Minister to name the Congress MLAs in the House who have defected to Trinamool. This would have brought it into record the names of such MLAs who made the switchover without resigning and this would have automatically disqualified them from continuing as MLAs.

Chakraborty alleged that Trinamool government was betraying fascist tendencies by trying to meddle in institutions and forcible accession of Opposition elected members.

During their speech, ruling Trinamool MLAs took to shouting accusing both Mannan and Chakraborty of using “unparliamentarily language,” and this prompted the Speaker to expunge portions of their speeches.

Responding to them, the Chief Minister said that when the Opposition in the country was united in its fight against demonetisation, Congress and CPI-M leaders in Bengal were moving a no-confidence motion against her six-moth old government.

“This is useless and all the allegations are baseless… Those who do not have confidence in their own parties are bringing a no-confidence motion against our government,” she said.

At the end of the debate, the motion was put to vote only to get defeated by 50:191 votes in favour of the government.

But both Mannan and Chakraborty said that with Trinamool having over 200 MLAs it was known all through that they would win. “We wanted to make a point and highlight the misrule of Trinamool government, which we have succeeded,” they said.

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