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India's Trinamul MPs to vote against FDI

Publication Date : 16-11-2012


The Trinamul Congress in India will vote against the motion on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in both Houses of Parliament during the session beginning on November 22.

This will be the first Parliamentary session since the Trinamul pulled out of the central government (centre) and severed its ties with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). 

Party chief  Mamata Banerjee may on November 17 take the vital decision on whether the party will move a no-confidence motion against the "minority government" at the centre.

"We will definitely vote against the motion on FDI in retail outlet,'' said Saugata Ray, senior Trinamul leader and former Union minister of state for urban development.

The Trinamul chief  will meet party MPs on November 17 to chalk out a strategy for them when they debate various "anti-people" decisions of the Manmohan Singh government.

Banerjee wants party MPs to build a consensus at the national level against the "anti- people" measures adopted by the "minority government". 

She stated that time was running out and appealed to political parties, "even those who are extending outside support to the UPA II government to stand up and be bold to oppose this decision."

She also said: "Time is running out to voice protest against many anti-people decisions such as increase in diesel prices, fertiliser prices, restriction on the use of LPG cylinders, introduction of FDI in retail, pension and insurance by the UPA-II. May I request the political parties supporting the UPA-II, to take a stand in the interest of the common man so that anti-people decisions are not implemented,'' Banerjee's stated stand is that being a "minority" government, the centre has been taking major policy decisions , including imposition of restriction on use of subsidised LPG cylinders in the interest of "a few oil companies." This has posed a serious threat to the survival of the common man, she said.

Party insiders said Banerjee had already indicated that party MPs of both the Lok Sabha (Lower House) and the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) would have to try to build a rapport with "like- minded'' political parties so that they can take a common stand on the contentious issues on the floor of the House.

Sources said the strategy is being formulated with an eye on the next Lok Sabha poll scheduled to be held in 2014, though chances are the elections may be advanced. "Floor coordination at this stage may be a prelude to realignment of forces ahead of the next LS poll," they said.

Banerjee has also explained to senior party leaders that a situation may  arise when the Trinamul will have to fight the elections on its own, but subsequently it will support some political parties while forming a government at the centre.


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