Mamta withdraws support from UPA
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Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee announced here on Tuesday that her party would withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre, even as she indicated that the decision might yet be reconsidered if certain demands related to the recent reform measures were met.
Ms. Banerjee said all six Trinamool Ministers at the Centre will submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 3 p.m. on Friday.
“We are not staying in UPA-II. It is unfortunate for me to announce all this… We have decided to withdraw support to UPA-II,” Ms. Banerjee told journalists, adding that the unanimous decision was taken at an extended meeting here of all MPs, some Ministers in the State and senior leaders of the party.
She said it “saddened” her to take the decision, but she had given time to the Congress to reconsider the recently announced reforms.
"We are never being heard, so what is the use being in the Centre? I have given enough chance to the UPA II, but the Centre is only taxing the poor people. The price of petrol, diesel, fertilisers are on the rise. Even the government is putting enormous pressure on the common people by hiking the price of LPG." The Trinamool chief had wanted 12 cylinders per family at a subsidised rate, but it was not honoured.
On Saturday, Mamata had walked on the streets demanding a roll back of diesel price and of fertiliser. She said that attempts were made by Congress-ruled government to kill the common people, which she cannot endorse and for that she had to take this harsh decision to pull out from the Centre.
The decision brings the UPA's effective strength in the 545-seat Lok Sabha from 273 to 254, which is slightly below the half-way mark.