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Press Trust Of India
Kolkatta, September 15, 2012
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today took to the streets with the warning that her party would take 'hard' decisions at the end of the 72-hour deadline set by her party if the UPA government did not scrap FDI in retail, diesel price hike and limit on subsidised LPG.

"We have called a party meeting on Tuesday to discuss these issues. If the Centre does not roll back the hike in diesel price and withdraw decisions on FDI in multi-brand retail and curbs on LPG, we will take decisions, however hard they may be. I hope the people will not misunderstand," Banerjee, who hit the streets here for a second time after the May petrol price hike, told a rally.

Expressing surprise over the government's sudden big ticket reforms, Banerjee said, "I don't know what happened. So many decisions were taken on a single day. We want economic reforms that reaches the grassroots, not something that benefits a section. These are anti-people decisions."

Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, however, said her party would not like to topple the UPA government.

"We are not in favour of quitting the government. We are always in favour of not breaking the alliance. But we are committed to the people."

Banerjee said "We are the second largest ally of the UPA and we could have got more cabinet berths. We have now only the Railway ministry but that hardly matters to us. What matters to us is the people."