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Indian minister warns of no-trust motion against gov't

Publication Date : 02-10-2012

 

Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee yesterday virtually gave a call for the ouster of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), saying such a government should be “booted out”.

Upping the ante on the twin issues of foreign direct investments (FDI) in retail and diesel price hike,  Banerjee said: “Selling the country cannot be reforms. If you sell out, the people will boot you out--that is the beauty of democracy”.

The biggest takeaway of yesterday’s protest rally at Jantar Mantar was Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav’s eloquent support to  Banerjee.

“The last time (in December 2011), Mamataji had stopped FDI in retail, this time too she is leading the fight. She is the real tigress of Bengal,” Yadav said, adding Mamata is honest and honourable, “has the courage to take risks. She is the only one in the country today who can do this”.

Banerjee was categorical in her opposition to the UPA. “We don’t want this government to stay. If it is required, we will bring a no-confidence motion against the government. We will not let them exploit the public,” she said. Seeking support of “other political parties”, chiefly the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi, in the event her party tables a no-confidence motion, she also spoke about a federal front of major regional parties. Banerjee said she had “heard” that the general elections could be held in March next year.

Banerjee accused the government of working against the interests of common people because of multinationals like Walmart and being “vindictive” against those raising their voice by “misusing” the Central Bureau of Investigaiton.

“I would request other political parties not to support this government,” she said, in an unprecedented appeal to Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose 21 members in the Lok Sabha are providing a lifeline to the Manmohan Singh regime. “We will tell Mulayamji that we don’t want this government,” she said.

In the name of economic development, the UPA has sold the nation into the hands of “rich corporate giants of the West”, she said. She said her party will hold a 48-hour dharna in New Delhi on November 19 and 20 and organise a similar protest in Lucknow on November 17. “I’ll ask Mulayamji and Akhilesh to join me and support me,” she said. A similar exercise will be held in Patna, she said.

 

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