Trinamool takes on govt in parliament on key policies
The Trinamool Congress, a key constituent of the UPA government, was at it yet again. Mamata Banerjee's party on Tuesday attacked the UPA government on policy issues, including land acquisition, Right to Education (RTE) and taxation.delhi Updated: May 09, 2012 00:07 IST
The Trinamool Congress, a key constituent of the UPA government, was at it yet again. Mamata Banerjee's party on Tuesday attacked the UPA government on policy issues, including land acquisition, Right to Education (RTE) and taxation.
The Trinamool's attack comes a day after the UPA's most troublesome ally voted against the government's Indian Medical Council (amendment) bill in the Lok Sabha.
Participating in the debate on finance bill in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool member Kalyan Banerjee asked the Centre to immediately consider the party's demand for a three-year moratorium on loan repayment for West Bengal on the lines of Punjab.
"Our leader Mamata Banerjee has been repeatedly requesting to give it to us," he said, describing it as an important issue that needed to be addressed immediately.
Blaming the Centre for allowing the loans extended to the previous Left Front government to get accumulated, Banerjee said the grant of moratorium had precedents as it was done in the case of Punjab between 1983-84 and 1988-89 when it was treated as "special term loan".
Pointing at finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, he said, "You are smiling. We will smile if you reconsider our demand ... give us a chance to smile".
Referring to the RTE Act, he said it has "remained in the folder of HRD minister Kapil Sibal and not reached the villages of India".
The Trinamool MP said the governments should not "run after industrialists" as people run the country and not them.
Demanding that the land acquisition laws should favour agriculture, he wondered why formulating laws relating to land acquisition was taking such a long time.
On availability of potable water, he said right to drinking water was equivalent to right to life.
"It is a matter of shame that mobile phones have reached all villages, but not drinking water," he said, prompting BJP MPs to shout "shame" to attack the government.