Mamata Banerjee likely to follow Mulayam,Manmohan in trouble

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Kolkata/New Delhi, Sep 16: It seems that Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's recent meeting with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has influenced her. If sources are to be believed then Ms Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, is likely to withdraw its direct support to UPA government, hence her party would give support to the central government from outside.

Ms Banerjee will take her final decision after holding a core TMC party meeting on Tuesday, Sep 18. The CM is likely to ask her ministers to resign from the central government. Currently, there are six TMC ministers at the Centre and 19 members in Parliament. Samajwadi Party too supports UPA government from outside. Political quarters believe Mulayam is trying to launch third front ahead of the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and thus tried to woo Ms Banerjee during his Kolkata visit on Sep 12.

The news over TMC's decision of withdrawing direct support to Manmohan Singh's government surfaced at a time when the party led by Ms Banerjee began protest against the government which has introduced 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. The recent hike in diesel prices were also there in TMC's agenda while protesting against the central government.

On Saturday, Sep 15, Ms Banerjee stated 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 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.

Ms 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.

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