NEW DELHI (TIP): Three days after her announcement to quit UPA 2, Mamata Banerjee will officially resign from the UPA on September 21.
Trinamool Congress leader and Union railway minister Mukul Roy had sought an appointment with the President. Speaking to the media, Mamata said, “If the President gives time, it is fine. Otherwise, we will see. But Friday means Friday. The decision to pull out has been taken. Our ministers will submit their resignations.” Roy and and CM Jatua (MoS, Information and Broadcasting) are expected to reach New Delhi today.
Mamata had given the UPA government an ultimatum to agree to her demands or she would withdraw her support. Since the government hasn’t budged, the only move left is for her ministers to resign.
Meanwhile, the state Congress ministers West Bengal said they would wait and watch how things unfold in Delhi and then take a call on whether to resign from Mamata’s government.
The UPA, however, said that they still have the numbers needed to form the government. As of now the UPA has 254 MPs in the Lok Sabha. The halfway mark of 271 can be reached if Mulayam Singh or Mayawati joins the UPA. Mulayam’s Samajwadi Party will bring 22 MPs to the govt, while Mayawati’s BSP has 21 MPs.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is expected to address the nation this evening. He is likely to talk of the recent economic measures his government has taken.