PM should step down and seek fresh mandate: TMC MP

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Kolkata, Sep 19: Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh said on his twitter on Wednesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should step down and seek a fresh mandate. His party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to pull out of the UPA government over the latter's decision to rise fuel prices and allow FDI in key sectors like retail.

Ghosh said in his tweet that PM Singh should seek a mandate to fathom whether the country's mood was permitting his reform policies or not. The TMC, which is against any kind of price hike whatseover, has been opposing the government's decision on reforms and fuel price hike, saying it was anti-people. The MP, also a journalist, accused the Congress of running the government like a private property and said the latter had no moral right to continue with such policies.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, Mamata Banerjee said her ministers would tender the resignation to the PM on Friday. According to many quarters, the TMC chief gave some time to the government to reconsider its decision on fuel price rise and reform. The TMC's pull out reduced the UPA government into a working minority although the Congress said it had the numbers to stabilise the government and go ahead with its reform measures.

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