Mamata pushes for no-confidence against govt over FDI
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday pushed for moving a no-confidence motion to oust the Manmohan Singh government and asked all United Progressive Alliance partners to pull out of his ministry, describing as 'immoral and unethical' decisions on Foreign Direct Investment in insurance and pension sectors.
The West Bengal chief minister while seeking the support of like-minded parties for the no-confidence motion against the "minority" government in the Lok Sabha said the Trinamool Congress, a former United Progressive Alliance ally, will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in this regard.
"Sarkar jaana jaroori hai, desh ko bachane ke liye," she wrote on her Facebook page, days after Trinamool quit the UPA over allowing FDI in multi-brand retial and issues relating to diesel price hike and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders.
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Image: Mamata Banerjee
'The minority government cannot play such immoral role'
"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," the feisty leader said.
"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," Banerjee added.
"Increase in FDI percentage from 26 to 49 in insurance sector and introducing 26 per cent FDI in the pension sector will make lifelong savings of individuals totally insecure.
'Is it UPA's intention to sell out country?'
"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 said.
Stating that the people of the country were watching the UPA government, she said, "I will also appeal to those supporting the UPA to come out and oppose these moves in the greater interest of the people."
Attacking the UPA government of 'looting' and 'lying' to the country, Banerjee said the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders would hit the midday meal scheme seriously.
"Is it what the common people expect from reforms? In the name of reforms, 'loot chalche loot' (the country is being looted). To suppress it, 'jhoot chalche jhoot' (the government is lying)," Banerjee said.
Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh