Mamata hardens stand, says no compromise
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that her party will stick to her decision to pull out from the UPA government, claiming that a section of channels were spreading "misinformation".
Mamata Banerjee said this while launching a scathing attack on the UPA government hours after it announced that it will not withdraw the fuel price hike, cap on subsidized LPG cylinders and FDI in the retail sector as demanded by her party.
Addressing a gathering at the Writers’ Building, the West Bengal Chief Minister said, “The Congress government at the centre is misleading the people by its doublespeak. The decisions take by the central government are meant for the whole country and not for select states, while referring to the LPG cap relief announced by the centre in Congress-led states today.”
Coming down hard on the ruling colition, she said, “The Congress Government has never communicated with our party before taking crucial decisions. They are now tryng to distort facts, which they should not do.”
Sending a strong message to the Congress leadership, the TMC leader said, “This government has been taking unilateral decision but this time we will not compromise. There will be no compromise on principles.’
Attempting to corner the UPA government, she said, “The govt at the centre claims that it had got no response from TMC, but I want to make it clear that there has been no communication at all from them. If there will be miscommunication, we will certainly react to that.”
Driving her point home, she said, “I was never informed about FDI decisions. Congress violated decision taken during Pranab Mukerjee's tenure as FM that FDI (in retail) would not be implemented without consensus.”
She claiming that a section of channels were reading "misinformation" and "trying to create confusion".
Trinamool Congress, the second biggest constituent of the UPA, yesterday dealt a major blow to the Manmohan Singh government when it decided to withdraw support on the issue of FDI in retail, diesel price hike, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and corruption.
She had said that party ministers in the UPA government would meet the prime minister in Delhi and submit their resignations at 3:00 pm on Friday, but left open the doors open for a possible rapprochement in the next three days.