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Updated: November 8, 2011 02:07 IST

Outside support among Mamata's options?

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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at the West Bengal Assembly. File photo
The Hindu Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at the West Bengal Assembly. File photo

We will not compromise on price rise issue, says Trinamool chief

Trinamool Congress Members of Parliament will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday and convey their desire to pull out of the United Progressive Alliance government in protest against the recent increase in petrol prices and their party — the second largest constituent of the ruling coalition — having allegedly been kept in the dark on such crucial issues.

Trinamool Congress chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that her party would not compromise on price rise. “We will not compromise on the price rise issue, which is hitting the common man most. Our battle will go on. Our party MPs will meet the Prime Minister tomorrow [Tuesday]…, and express our grievances and listen to what he says,” she told PTI.

“There is also talk of [the government] increasing the diesel and LPG prices. The Trinamool Congress is a pro-people party. Already, people are overburdened with rising prices. We are not going to accept it,” she said.

Keen on not being seen as part of a government against which public disaffection may grow as a result of, among other issues, frequent increases in the prices of petroleum products, the Trinamool Congress may also keep open its option of supporting the government from outside if it does carry out its threat to pull out, it was learnt here on Monday.

Ms. Banerjee will take the final call, depending on the outcome of the meeting between Dr. Singh and the MPs.

The MPs, who took a unanimous decision at a meeting here this past Friday to pull out of the government, were advised by Ms. Banerjee to put their decision on hold till they met the Prime Minister.

Chief Whip of the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay, who had sought on behalf of the party's 24 MPs a meeting with the Prime Minister, was informed during the day that Dr. Singh had agreed to meet them at his residence.

“We are not being taken into confidence, and there is no coordination between the allies of UPA II....This is not a good thing that is happening. Differences [between the allies] are widening,” Mr. Bandopadhyay told journalists.

Ms. Banerjee is expected to meet Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday. Governor M. K. Narayanan will be present at the meeting that will discuss matters related to the State's fiscal situation, especially the bailout package that Ms. Banerjee has repeatedly sought from the Centre.

Ms. Banerjee met Dr. Singh on October 21 and sought a special plan package for the debt-ridden State. After the meeting, she pointed out that despite the Centre's promises of financial assistance, her government did not receive anything in the five months it had been in power.

Mr. Mukherjee subsequently said he would speak to the Prime Minister about Ms. Banerjee's appeal.

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Nobody trusts Mamata's words. She withdrew support to Vajpayee govt with a filmy ground of Kargil war kaffin issue. Now sky-high price rise, several times increase of oil prices does not make to to withdraw support to Congress govt. Left must use this opportunity to expose her duplicity. She will be one time CM.

from:  BharatK
Posted on: Nov 8, 2011 at 21:29 IST

Real economists know that there is no substitute for the right price for every commodity or service.The prices cannot be maintained by administrative controls beyond a certain limit. All the subsidies and freebies given to people would - in due course of time - be absorbed by costs of umpteen other services and goods which people would want.None can live with just food alone! There are no Government schemes for creating opportunities for more jobs or self- employment choices as the GAP BETWEEN THE RICH ARE GETTING WIDENED.

from:  MSVenkataraman
Posted on: Nov 8, 2011 at 20:37 IST

Pro-people politics does not mean that Trinumool Congress has to oppose every price increase. There are quite a few economists also who are concerned about rising price of petroleum products but offer no solutions to issues about duties and taxes on such products and the heavy dependence of the Central and State governments on revenue from such duties/taxes. All these years, the revenues of the State governments have risen with every increase in administered price of petrol and diesel. etc. and the Central government alone is blamed for inflation. The present circumstances demand a price increase and there is a clear justification for an appropriate revision of price of petrol, diesel and LPG from time to time. I also feel that such price increases, which may hurt in the short term, may persuade all Indians to cut unnecessary consumption particularly of petrol and diesel, In order that increase in price of diesel does not hurt BPL families, we need to improve the PDS.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Nov 8, 2011 at 09:15 IST

The cat is out of the bag ! All this drama to get additional aid from the Centre.The petrol price hike was just an excuse.The OMCs raised the price and not the UPA II government.Ms Banerjee does not know the basic functions of the government and she is just like an ignorant housewife crying over spilt milk.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Nov 8, 2011 at 07:37 IST

Finally it came out to be a true fact that mamta banerjee was doing all these protests just to get some money from the central government .

from:  Nitesh verma
Posted on: Nov 8, 2011 at 07:07 IST

She is in best position to bargain. What ever she wants will be given to her in a Golden Platter. What she now needs is funds and funds and funds funds and of course funds to boost up the economy of the state. Didi bargain hard and get it out of Pranabda.

from:  viswanatha
Posted on: Nov 8, 2011 at 03:30 IST
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