New Delhi (TIP): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who quit the UPA government after foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail was cleared last month, is on the warpath again. Banerjee on Ocober 4 pushed for moving a no-confidence motion to oust the Manmohan Singh government and asked all UPA partners to pull out of his ministry. This came after the Union Cabinet eased norms on FDI in insurance from 26 per cent to 49 per cent and opened up pension sector. The Cabinet also cleared a raft of big-ticket legislative proposals including the new Companies Bill, amendments to Competition Act and Forward Contracts (Regulation) Act.
Describing the move as ‘immoral and unethical’, the West Bengal chief minister said the Trinamool Congress, a former UPA 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 UPA over allowing FDI in multi-brand retail and issues relating to diesel price hike and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders.
“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% FDI in Pension Sector will make lifelong savings of individuals totally insecure.
“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 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.