Don't want to topple govt, but will see to the end: Mamata

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Kolkata, Sep 15: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday that her government will aggressively oppose the UPA government's plan to allow FDI in multi-brand retail and see an end to it. She said the election manifesto of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) had spoken against the FDI and it would stick to it. She said her party had given 72 hours time to the centre to roll back the decision.

Banerjee added that the TMC was not in favour of toppling the government but at the sametime, there should be a limit. Banerjee met representatives of the trading bodies at the state Secretariat on Saturday over the FDI issue, said a report published by ABP Ananda news channel. The CM said FDI in retail would affect half of India's population and the Centre had to reverse the decision. She said it was her battle.

Banerjee, however, appealed to the trading bodies not to begin strikes against the Centre and instead join the state government's protest. The Confederation of All India Traders has called a strike in retail sector on September 20 and the Forum of Traders' Organisations, West Bengal, has also decided to participate in it, said the channel report. She asked the traders to canvass mass opinion against FDI in retail.

The CM also appealed with the slogan, Henshele Agoon, Manusher Jonye Hatoon (The kitchen has caught fire, let's all walk for the people's cause), while attacking the move to allow FDI in retail sector, the report said.

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