Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she would lead a Trinamool Congress demonstration at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on October 1 to urge the Centre to withdraw anti-people decisions on FDI in retail,cap on subsidised LPG and diesel price hike.
Let us fight the battle boldly and unitedly. In a democracy,people is the supreme. Our voice is the voice of the people. We must raise our voice,so that the government must reconsider, Mamata said in a post on Facebook.
We all will be present to highlight these issues and request the central government to withdraw the anti-people decisions.
Mamata said the partys fight for the cause of common people would continue with the help of Maa,Mati,Manush throughout the country.
We are planning to launch anti-FDI propaganda in a big way. On October 1,a protest will be held in Delhi. Then it will spread to other states. Issues like FDI in retail trade,hike in diesel and fertiliser prices,putting a cap on use of domestic LPG cylinders are so sensitive that protests against these moves would draw a huge crowd, a Trinamool leader said.
Key Trinamool leaders such as Mukul Roy are learnt to be visiting states to build public opinion against FDI. Mamata herself is planning visits to some districts to fuel anti-FDI protests. The Trinamool chief has also asked her colleagues,including ministers,to spend time in their respective districts to intensify the partys anti-FDI campaign. On receiving the instructions,party cadres have started organising rallies in villages and towns across the state.
I am thankful to all of you for supporting our persistent protest against the unethical decisions on price hike of diesel,restriction of LPG cylinders,increase in fertiliser prices and permission of FDI in retail,which are not in the interest of the common people, Mamata wrote on her Facebook page. She also requested her Facebook fans to tell their friends to join the demonstration in Delhi at 1 pm that day.
This evening,Mamata claimed that the Prime Minister himself had assured the Federation of Association of Maharashtra in 2002 that there was no proposal of permitting FDI before the government.
She wrote in her Facebook page that she has seen a copy of the Mumbai-based federation dated December 20,2004. The federation,according to Mamata,wanted to know if the government had any proposal for permitting FDI.
In response,the then Leader of Opposition of Rajya Sabha and present Prime Minister of India,in his letter dated December 21,2002,assured the federation that there was no proposal before the government for permitting FDI in retail trade, Mamata wrote.
With PTI inputs