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TMC gets set for ‘poriborton 2.0’

Mamata leaves for Delhi rally,accuses UPA of ‘looting’ the public.

Mamata leaves for Delhi rally,accuses UPA of ‘looting’ the public

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left for Delhi this evening to attend her first anti-UPA rally in the national capital on October 1,where she will give a call for another “poriborton”,this time at the Centre.

After the rally,which comes in the wake of changed political equations within UPA II,the Trinamool is expected to intensify attacks on the Centre on economic reforms,which compelled Mamata to pull out from the Centre.

Addressing a rally in Howrah on Friday,Mamata had urged the people to “spot” those who are “cheating” the people and not support them. In an interview to CNN IBN,Mamata vowed to form a front of regional parties and spoke of the urgency of bringing down the “very arrogant” UPA II.

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“Mamata’s popularity has reached beyond Bengal. The Trinamool now has MLAs in Assam,Manipur,Arunachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. She has become the symbol of protest. The Centre will taste public fury on October 1. All of us will reach Delhi by Sunday night. Monday’s rally will be a historic one,” Trinamool MP Suvendu Adhikari said.

Party leaders observed that by launching a tirade against FDI in retail trade,Mamata had gained the confidence and respect of crores of retailers and farmers across the country. Therefore,they felt,if the party manages spread the campaign against FDI to other states,it will help the party gain a strong foothold beyond Bengal.

After withdrawing support from the Centre,Mamata began targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. With the charged political environment ahead of her Delhi rally,political observers are waiting to see if Mamata will continue to rail against the Prime Minister in Delhi. It is also to be seen whether representatives from the SP and other regional outfits,which have opposed FDI in retail trade,will join the rally.

Mamata has already launched a scathing attack against the Prime Minister on Facebook,accusing him of breaking his promise. Mamata said that during NDA rule in 2002,Singh was opposed to FDI in retail. But he was now batting for FDI despite knowing that it would put farmers and retailers in trouble,the Trinamool said.

For the second time this week,Mamata attacked the UPA government on “loot”,or rampant corruption. “Loot cholche loot,” she posted on her Facebook account before leaving for Delhi.

She wrote: “Reforms are meant to usher development for the people. Now-a-days,the trend is whenever any anti-people decision is taken,it is taken in the name of Reforms. In the name of Reforms and ‘aam admi’ loot cholchhe,loot,” read Mamata’s latest post.

Trinamool leaders said lakhs of people from Delhi and adjacent areas would throng Jantar Mantar for the rally. Several organizations of retailers have extended their support. Trinamool MLAs from the Northeastern states and leaders from Uttar Pradesh,Haryana,Punjab will also be present. Party MP Mukul Roy has already inspected the venue.

“When we were in the UPA,the Centre could not muster courage to bring Bills relating to FDI in multi-brand retail trade,the state’s role in land acquisition and opening up the insurance sector to foreign firms as we always stood firm against these anti-people moves. With the Trinamool out of UPA II,there is no one to oppose the measures from within the government. We had been opposing the Centre on these issues from within the government,now we will oppose from outside,” a Trinamool MP said.

Another party leader said: “During our nationwide campaign,we will use all our might to unite the common and poor people against the Centre’s decision on FDI in multi-brand retail,hiking prices of fertilizers,diesel and withdrawing subsidy of domestic LPG.”