Trinamool to support resolution against FDI in Parliament

Banerjee said the government has ‘lost the moral and democratic right’ to continue
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First Published: Thu, Sep 27 2012. 12 08 AM IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee indicated on Wednesday that her party may support a resolution moved by any party, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail in Parliament and kept her options open on a front comprising regional parties as well as post-poll ties with the Congress party.
Less than a week after withdrawing support to the UPA government at the Centre, Banerjee slammed the it as government “of corruption, by corruption and for corruption” and said “money power, muscle power and mafia power” were running it.
Banerjee said the government could last another three to six months and the ruling coalition had “lost the moral and democratic right” to continue. On the issue of the resolution against FDI in retail in Parliament, Banerjee was wary of the Samajwadi Party when she said that her party would support a resolution that may be moved by it, but appeared to seek a guarantee that it would not go back on the issue.
“Let’s see. I will talk to them, whether they agree or not. If they agree, it’s OK. If they agree and tomorrow don’t support, that should not be. They should take a stand whatever may come, then we will do it,” she said. “All political parties will have to decide. They should have the numbers. Let us see... If they (SP) are firm on the issue...because they some time say, yes, sometimes, no, then we will support... But we will have to discuss this inside our party,” Banerjee said in an apparent reference to the SP backing off after supporting her party on presidential election and FDI issue initially.
When pressed further whether she would support a resolution against FDI if moved by the BJP, she said, “Otherwise, if any political party brings it, then we will decide”.
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