Trinamool will take ‘historic decision’ today

Party slams ‘motivated ad’ published by Centre.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 18, 2012 5:02 am

Party slams ‘motivated ad’ published by Centre

With the 72-hour deadline given to the Centre by Mamata Banerjee on the FDI issue ending tomorrow,core Trinamool Congress leaders said Tuesday’s meeting of the party’s parliamentary delegation regarding their stand on FDI will produce a “historic decision”.

“A historic decision will be taken at tomorrow’s meeting. Our party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the last word for us. Whatever be the decision,it will be in favour of the common people,” Madan Mitra,state transport minister and senior Trinamool leader,said on Monday.

However,he did not comment when asked if the party was mulling withdrawal of its ministers from the Union Cabinet.

“All I can say is that a land mark decision will be taken,” Mitra said. When asked whether they thought the Trinamool will be marginalized if it withdraws support from the Centre,Mitra said: “Since the birth of our party we have gone through crucial junctures. We know how to combat crisis.”

On Monday,the crack in the Congress-Trinamool alliance widened after the Union petroleum ministry issued an advertisement asking state governments to withdraw tax and cess on diesel to make it cheaper. Senior Trinamool leader and state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee termed the advertisement a “politically motivated move” of the Centre.

“The advertisement gives a hint about intervention of the Centre in the federal structure. Let the Centre withdraw all taxes on petrol and diesel first,” Mukherjee said,adding that such an advertisement was “bad in taste and a worst precedent”.

The advertisement virtually rubbed salt on the wounds of the Trinamool Congress which has already threatened to take “hard steps” against the Centre after UPA gave the nod to FDI in multi-brand retail.

However,there were reports of back-channel talks between the top leadership of TMC and the Congress over finding some compromise formula.

Mamata expressed her displeasure with some news channels for airing concocted information.

“It is utterly unfortunate to see that two-three channels are disseminating distorted and concocted information at the behest of certain business interests. This is totally unwarranted in a democratic set-up. I condemn this mis-representation of information from such spineless and negligible section of channels,” she posted on her Facebook page.

State transport minister Madan Mitra said regarding the advertisement: “They should have written to the state government instead of publishing such an advertisement. We were not consulted. The Centre should pay us our dues. Who are they to advise us on such a state subject? They (the UPA managers) need psychological treatment.”

The Trinamool MPs will meet at Town Hall tomorrow to decide on steps to be taken in the wake of the Centre’s approval of FDI in multi-brand retail and hike in diesel price. After the Centre gave the nod to FDI,Mamata gave the Centre a 72-hour deadline saying that she will be “forced to take a hard decision” if the Centre does not withdraw its decision.

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