When op­pos­ing bills, Tri­namool looks Left

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Chetan Chauhan

NEW DELHI: Ri­vals from a state rarely join hands in In­dian pol­i­tics.

The rar­ity hap­pened when Left par­ties and Tri­namool Congress — op­pos­ing par­ties in West Ben­gal — took up cud­gels against the UPA government’s bank­ing law amend­ment bill in Lok Sabha and helped each other to force ad­journ­ments, twice.

But Tues­day’s bon­homie — last seen when the two op­posed FDI in multi-brand re­tail — was un­ex­pected.

When Sugata Roy of Tri­namool Congress raised a point of or­der af­ter fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram in­tro­duced the bill, Left MPs stood up in his sup­port.

Tri­namool MPs re­cip­ro­cated by rush­ing into the well, where Left mem­bers were gath­ered seek­ing with­drawal of the bill and even­tu­ally their joint slo­ga­neer­ing led to an ad­journ­ment. In be­tween the two ad­journ­ments they forced, the MPs from the two par­ties could be seen strate­gis­ing to­gether on how to force the government to ac­cept their de­mands, es­pe­cially on with­draw­ing pro­vi­sion to al­low banks to in­vest in for­ward con­tracts.

They came to­gether again when par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter Ka­mal Nath appr- oached a Left leader and the en­tire group agreed with the so­lu­tion of­fered by CPI's Gu­ru­das Das­gupta.

Roy de­scribed Das­gupta as guru of the bank­ing sec­tor and even quoted him. Kha­gen Das of CPM re­ferred to Roy sev­eral times in his in­ter­ven­tion and even the speech con­tent from the two par­ties was sim­i­lar.

Das­gupta saw "noth­ing wrong" in this un­usual con­ver­gence say­ing they have come to­gether to op­pose a farce be­ing per­pet­u­ated by the government in the name of eco­nomic re­forms.


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