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‘Minority’ UPA must resign, says Mukul Roy

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, March 30, 2013
First Published: 11:27 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 11:40 IST(30/3/2013)

Despite standing by the Congress-led UPA II over the Sri Lanka resolution, Trinamool Congress demanded immediate resignation of the Union government, which it claimed is in ‘minority’.


“We withdrew support last year because we were against the wrong policies of the UPA government. Policies such as bringing in FDI in retail and insurance and hiking petroleum prices. It was a minority government then. Now that DMK has withdrawn, it is a minority government still,” said Mukul Roy, all-India general secretary of Trinamool Congress, speaking to the media at Trinamool Bhawan party headquarters.

“The government should immediately resign. It has no moral right to stay in power. The Manmohan Singh minority government has no moral right to stay in power anymore,” said Roy.

It was in September last year when Mamata Banerjee withdrew from UPA II and called for the resignation of the government. It even tried to bring in a no-confidence motion against the government in November.

However, recently after DMK’s withdrawal, Congress leaders called up Mamata who expressed her support to the government over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Mamata posted her views on Facebook, which highlighted that the party would stand by the Union government on such external affairs issue. Trinamool also reiterated its demand for a bailout package for a cash-strapped state.

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