Days after ditching UPA,Marandi meets Mamata

Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) chief Babulal Marandi on Saturday met Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,days after his party withdrew support to the UPA government at the Centre.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 7, 2012 4:44 am

Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) chief Babulal Marandi on Saturday met Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,days after his party withdrew support to the UPA government at the Centre.

After the meeting at Writers’ Buildings,Marandi,whose party has two MPs,said the JVM(P) would support a move to float an anti-BJP,anti-Congress front. However,he denied he had discussed any ‘federal front’,as Mamata had recently proposed.

“I came to meet Banerjee to say that the people of Jharkhand are with her. Several political leaders spoke against the Centre and even hit the streets,but none of them could dare to show courage by withdrawing support from the anti-people government at the Centre. It is Mamata Banerjee who showed the courage and withdrew support despite having ministers in the Union Cabinet,” Marandi said,accusing the UPA of “anti-people” policies.

Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy,who was present at the meeting,said the JVM(P) supported Banerjee on issues like FDI in multi-brand retail.

“Supporting us,Marandi has withdrawn support from UPA II. We have decided to strengthen our friendship and work together both outside and inside Parliament. We will also improve our coordination.”

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