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No-confidence vote pushed against Indian gov't

Publication Date : 05-10-2012


India's Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee yesterday pushed for moving a no-confidence motion to oust the Manmohan Singh government and asked all United Progressive Alliance (UPA) partners to pull out of his ministry, describing as "immoral and unethical" the decisions on foreign direct investment (FDI in insurance and pension sectors.

The West Bengal chief minister, while seeking the support of like-minded parties for the no-confidence motion against the “minority” government in the Lok Sabha, said the Trinamul Congress, a former UPA ally, will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in this regard.

“The minority government cannot play such immoral role. Let us move No Confidence Motion. We have decided to meet the Hon'ble President on this issue,” the leader wrote. “Today, yet another set of anti-people decisions of the Central Government have crossed the Laxman Rekha. These important decisions, which have direct bearing on the livelihood of millions of Indians, taken by a minority government, are immoral and unethical,” she added.

“Increase in FDI percentage from 26 to 49 in Insurance Sector and introducing 26 per cent FDI in Pension Sector will make lifelong savings of individuals totally insecure... Is it the intention of the UPA government to sell out the country? We should unitedly oppose all such moves and will not allow the government to be bailed out after a series of such anti-people decisions,” she said.

She said: “I will also appeal to those supporting UPA to come out and oppose these moves in the greater interest of the people.”

Accusing the UPA government of "looting" and "lying" to the country, Banerjee earlier said the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders would hit the midday meal scheme seriously. “Is it what the common people expect from reforms? In the name of reforms, loot chalche loot (the country is being looted). To suppress it, jhoot chalche jhoot (the government is lying),” Banerjee said.

The Left parties also came down heavily on the government for deciding on a series of second- generation of reforms, saying they would fight to defeat these policy measures when they are brought in Parliament.


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