Trinamool Congress MPs abstain but continue support

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress, led by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, abstained from voting to the women’s quota bill in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday but said it support for the bill and the government continued.

The Trinamool Congress has two MPs in the Rajya Sabha- Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy and Swapan Sadhan Bose. The party, which has 19 MPs in Lok Sabha is the second largest constituent in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

The party is upset as the Congress failed to convene an all-party meeting over the bill and did not take them into confidence over parliamentary strategy.

Party sources said Mamata Banerjee had urged Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday to convene all party meeting to evolve a consensus on the issue after both the houses of parliament witnessed unruly protests by parties opposing the bill.

‘We were not consulted,’ senior party leader and Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi said. The party leaders, however, said there was no threat to the Congress-led central government.

‘We are with the government. We will issue whip,’ he told reporters outside parliament when asked whether the party would adopt similar step in the Lok Sabha when the bill comes in the house for consideration.

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