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Diesel hike,FDI: Mamata to lead protest in Delhi on Oct 1

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she will lead a demonstration by her Trinamool Congress at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on October 1 to force the Centre

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 25, 2012 3:07:47 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she will lead a demonstration by her Trinamool Congress at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on October 1 to force the Centre to reconsider its decision on FDI,hike in diesel price and limits on subsidised LPG.

In an attempt to build public opinion,Banerjee took to the Facebook to appeal to people to join the demonstration.

She urged the people to fight “boldly and unitedly” against the “anti-people moves of the UPA II”. She said her “fight was for the cause of the common people” and will continue “with the help of Ma Mati and Manush”. “I am thankful to all of you for supporting our persistent protest against the unethical decisions on price hike of diesel,restriction of LPG,increase in fertiliser prices and permission of FDI in retail,which are not in the interest of the common people,” Banerjee said. She also requested her supporters to tell their friends to join the protest.

In another Facebook post,Mamata claimed Manmohan Singh himself had assured the Federation of Association of Maharashtra in 2002 that there was no proposal of “permitting FDI” before the government.

The federation,according to Mamata,wanted to know if the government had any proposal for permitting FDI. “In response,the then Leader of Opposition in the 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 on her Facebook page.

Meanwhile,senior Trinamool leaders like Mukul Roy are learnt to be visiting various states to build a public opinion against FDI. The Chief Minister herself is learnt to be planning to visit a few districts to fuel anti-FDI protest.

“We are planning to launch anti-FDI propaganda in a big way. On October 1,protest will be held in Delhi. Later it will spread to other states. The issues like entry of FDI in retail,hike in diesel and fertiliser prices,putting a cap on the use of LPG cylinders are so sensitive that protests against these moves would draw huge crowds,” a Trinamool leader said.

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