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Mamata terms Left Front as "remote control" of UPA

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Jun 06 (UNI) Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today dubbed the Left Front as the " remote control" of the UPA government at the Centre and demanded immediate rollback of the hike in petroleum prices.

Talking to newsmen here, Ms Banerjee said if the Left Front was really sincere in the rollback of the hike, they should immediately withdraw support to the UPA government.

Ms Banerjee alleged that the Left Front was only interested in taking money from the Centre and said instead of enacting drama by calling "Bharat Bandh", the Left should set a precedence by stopping extending support to the UPA government in protest against the hike, which would have a cascading effect on the people.

She said her party had drawn up several plans to protest the hike, adding on June seven and eight they would hold dharnas in every district to be followed by rally in the city on June 12.

She said her party would also launch agitation from June 14 to withdraw cess and sales tax as it would further aggravate the hardship of the comoners.

The Centre had hiked the oil price six times in the past two years, she said adding when the UPA came to power, the price of diesel was Rs 23.99 and that of petrol Rs 34.96, but now the price of diesel was Rs 36.61 and that of petrol Rs 51.07, a jump of 43 per cent in petrol and 49 per cent in diesel.

Ms Banerjee stated that the Centre was "cheating" people in the name of globalistion and alleged that the leftists were no more leftists but the capitalists, and appealed to the genuine leftists to take them away from the "so called left".


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