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Friday , October 5 , 2012
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Mamata to take battle to Pranab

Calcutta, Oct. 4: Mamata Banerjee today said she would meet the President to protest the Centre’s decisions on FDI in insurance and pension, and appealed to all parties opposed to the government’s policies to join Trinamul in moving a no-confidence motion.

Sarkar jaana jaroori hai, desh ko bachane ke liye… (the government needs to go to save the country),” Mamata posted on her Facebook page tonight.

“The minority government cannot play such immoral role. Let us move No Confidence Motion. We have decided to meet the Hon’ble President on this issue.”

A senior Trinamul leader said Mamata wanted all parties opposed to the UPA government’s policies to “collectively” move a no-confidence motion.

“It is not necessary that Trinamul has to move the motion. If any other party does it, we are ready to support it,” the leader said.

“She has taken a pro-people stand and this will further cement her position as a fighter for the cause of the common people. Now other parties have to decide.”

Trinamul national general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy said the date for meeting President Pranab Mukherjee was yet to be finalised.

“Yes, we are going to meet the President to voice our opposition to the government’s anti-people policies. The date is yet to be finalised but it will be sometime soon,” Roy said.

“We have to first seek time from the President. We shall go when he gives us an appointment.”

Trinamul sources said that at the meeting with Mukherjee, the party would argue the government was in the minority and lacked the authority to take such decisions.

“The same views were expressed when our Union ministers submitted the letter for withdrawal of support last month,” a senior Trinamul leader said.

Mamata wrote on Facebook: “Today, yet another set of anti-people decisions of the Central Government have crossed the Laxman Rekha.

“These important decisions, which have direct bearing on the livelihood of millions of Indians, taken by a minority government, are immoral and unethical…is it the intention of the UPA Government to sell out the country? We should unitedly oppose all such moves and will not allow the government to be bailed out after a series of such anti-people decisions.”

She added that the government’s decisions would threaten the security of people’s lifelong savings.

Party sources said Mamata was trying to keep the pressure up on the Centre before the next session of Parliament and was keeping an eye on what strategies the other parties take.

Mamata quit the government and the ruling alliance last month citing her opposition to FDI in multi-brand retail, hike in diesel prices and the cap on cooking gas subsidy. Since then she has been attacking the Centre and has addressed a protest meeting in New Delhi while trying to muster support among other parties.