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Marandi extends support to Mamata

Calcutta, Oct. 6: former chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) president Babulal Marandi today met Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to promise her support.

Marandi had a 30-minutes meeting with the Bengal chief minister at her chamber in Writers’ Buildings.

“I am ready to support any front without Congress and BJP. The entire country has gone against this UPA-II government for its anti-people policies,” Marandi said after coming out of the meet, accompanied by Trinamul’s all-India general secretary Mukul Roy.

Mamata had expressed her desire to bring close other parties and work on a federal front before the next Lok Sabha polls and has threatened a no-confidence motion against the Centre.

Roy said that Trinamul was ready for “dosti” with parties like JVM.

“Marandi’s party was also supporting UPA from outside. After the Centre’s decisions on hiking fuel price, reducing the cap on subsidised domestic LPG and allowing FDI in retail, he has also withdrawn support from UPA and is supporting us now,” Roy said. “We will work together for better co-ordination inside and outside Parliament,” he said.

JVM has two MPs.

After pulling out from the UPA, Mamata had asked all UPA partners to come out of the alliance to protest the reform measures. On October 1, she held a protest meet in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.

Marandi said he came to Calcutta to congratulate Mamata for taking the decision to pull out when “no other leader showed courage.”

“She was the first leader to pull out of the UPA. I came here to congratulate her and tell her that Jharkhand is with her,” Marandi said.

At her rally in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and posts made on Facebook, Mamata claimed that she was ready to support any no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA government.