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Don’t want govt to fall,but can’t support FDI: Mamata to PM

Mamata tells PM to reconsider decision,says her party's stand on foreign investment is clear.

Remaining firm on her party’s opposition to the UPA government’s decision on FDI in retail,Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that her party was not in favour of toppling the government.

“The Prime Minister called me. I had a discussion with him on FDI in retail. I told him we don’t want the government to be toppled on this issue. This is a very sensitive issue. But at the same time,it is not possible for us to support FDI entry into retail. I am sorry,” the Trinamool Congress chief told reporters after an administrative meeting here in Hooghly district.

“Since you are requesting me,we can discuss this in the party. But our party’s stand is clear,” she told Singh.

Urging the Prime Minister to reconsider and withdraw the Centre’s decision,she said,“If necessary,the government should talk to all UPA partners and seek suggestions and ensure the move is withdrawn.”

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“The Prime Minister requested me to reconsider my party’s stand (on the issue). I asked him if the Centre could reconsider the decision. We have a definite stand on this issue. Our party’s stand on this is declared in our manifesto,” she said.

Claiming that farmers were forced to buy fertilisers at higher prices,Banerjee said,“Who is responsible? The Centre is responsible. The Centre has also not kept its word to raise the minimum support price for jute growers. We have to protect our farmers. That is our government’s policy.”

Trinamool Congress leader and MP Derek O’ Brien told PTI from New Delhi that his party “wants a rollback of the decision of allowing FDI in retail. TC’s stand is consistent”.

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“This was the party’s stand during the parliamentary elections in 2004,the Assembly elections in West Bengal in 2006 and also in 2011. Entry of FDI in retail will do more harm than good,” he added.

The Trinamool Congress is the second largest constituent in the UPA with 18 members in the Lok Sabha.

First published on: 02-12-2011 at 05:36:54 pm
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