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Mamata Banerjee
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Will she, won’t she? Will she, won’t she? Ever since the Centre announced an increase in diesel prices and other measures that included a cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders, speculation was rife on what the Congress (I)’s mercurial ally Mamata Banerjee would do.

Today, after extended discussions with her party colleagues, the Trinamool Congress chief announced that she was pulling out of the UPA Government at the Centre and that her ministers would submit their resignations on Friday . The Trinamool has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and nine in the Rajya Sabha. With another ally DMK also throwing its weight behind the Opposition-sponsored bandh on September 20, it now remains to be seen what the Congress (I) will do to ensure it has the numbers in Parliament. Even if it were to muster support from the Samajwadi Party and arch rival BSP, the Congress (I) will be under increasing pressure as the Opposition clamour for a rollback of the measures is bound to get shriller.

For its part, the Congress (I) and the Government have maintained that there is no question of a rollback and that it will weather the political storm. Accusing the Manmohan Singh Government of announcing the measures primarily to divert attention from the alleged Rs 1.86-lakh crore coal block allocation scam, Mamata Banerjee said the decision to withdraw support was taken unanimously at the party’s three-hour long meeting this evening..

In a scathing attack, she accused the Congress leadership of following a policy of shuffling between its allies to cling on to power. “Go to a Mulayam, if there is a fight with a Mayawati. This is not a politics of principles,” she said.

Accusing the party of ill-treatment to the TMC, she said, “Someone had to bell the cat. We decided to do so”.

According to Mamata Banerjee, the Government decisions were taken unilaterally without consulting Trinamool — the second largest party in the alliance. “We were never accorded the respect we deserved. Our appeal that policy decisions be taken at the coordination committee meetings fell in deaf ears,” Chief Minister said. “Be warned, they will soon bring the Pension Bill,” she said adding that her party would step up its opposition to what it called such anti-people policies.

West Bengal scenario

Asked about the fate of Congress Ministers in the West Bengal Cabinet, she said that her party has the single largest majority and was not dependent on Congress to run the State Government.

“It is for the Congress to decide what they want to do. Let me tell you, we are a majority in Bengal,” Mamata Banerjee said.

abhishek.l@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on September 18, 2012)
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Comments:

High inflation,escalated cost of living,failure to provide internal security,tendency of
separatism in NE,inability to convey impact of progressive flag ship schemes to
people,opportunistic behavior of a few coalition factors,image of the most corrupted
government in view of scams,black money etc lead one to think of an early election in early
2013.Once subsidy is withdrawn,cost of one LPG cylinder exceeds Rs 1000 and common
people will be badly affected.The plight of laborers from Bhimari states in employing states
is beyond self-esteem indicating still worse situation at home.Media project negative sides
of Indian political,economic and social scenario and images.Indian electorate needs to be
educated on the race to a developed country by 2020.Social scientists may research on
coalition politics where parties with different ideologies and commitments meet for the
common purpose of power sharing.The first coition was in Kerala and later spread to other
states and centre.

from:  Dr K V Peter
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 21:26 IST

She should have done it long back. UPA2 is looting the country, if they continue country will be bankrupt within no time.

from:  ramesh kadkol
Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 at 07:25 IST
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