Calcutta, Sep 19 (PTI): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday gave no indication of taking back her decision to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance government as she ruled out any compromise.
“I will stick to my position, come what may...the (TMC) ministers will tender their resignations,” she told reporters, a day after she announced withdrawal of support and pull out of ministers, if the government does not go back on its decisions.
Rejecting Finance Minister P Chidambaram's statement in Delhi this morning, she told reporters that nobody from Delhi contacted her before or after the Centre took the decisions to hike diesel price, cap supply of subsidised cylinders and allow FDI in retail.
“Minimum 24 cylinders should be given to a family in a year... How many times you will keep raising the petroleum prices? FDI in retail should be withdrawn,” Mamata said.
She said that, on September 14, the day the Union Cabinet took the decisions on FDI, she had told Congress President Sonia Gandhi that her party was opposed to these decisions.
She said she was never informed about FDI decisions. “I request Congress leaders not to distort facts. They must communicate reality,” Mamata said.
Criticising a section of the media, she said: “You (Congress) can't control us. You can control some channels.”
Recalling that the statement of Pranab Mukherjee, then the finance minister, that FDI in retail would not be implemented unless a consensus in reached among political parties, she said this is a commitment that the government adhere to.
The West Bengal Chief Minister said the government should implement any decision on FDI in retail only after a piece of legislation is passed in Parliament in this regard. “FDI, we are not...we will organise protest everyday.”
On Tuesday night, Mamata had announced that her party would withdraw support to the UPA and pull out its ministers in protest against the economic decisions. She said she could reconsider her stand if the government slashes the diesel price hike of Rs 5 by Rs 3-4 per litre, withdraws the decision on FDI totally and raise the cap on supply of subsidised LPG cylinders.