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TC asks its MPs to be present to oppose Oppn cut motion

PTI  New Delhi, April 26, 2010
First Published: 19:18 IST(26/4/2010) | Last Updated: 19:27 IST(26/4/2010)
With the opposition planning to demand a vote on cut motions to the Finance Bill, UPA partner Trinamool Congress has issued a whip to its MPs asking them to remain present in the House in full strength on Tuesday.
 
"We have issued a whip asking all our MPs to remain present in the House tomorrow till the day the Finance Bill is passed so that they can participate in the voting on cut motions," party Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay said. Trinamool has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha.
 
He said party chief Mamata Banerjee has directed that the MPs should be present tomorrow till April 30, by when the Finance Bill is expected to be adopted.
 
Copies of the whip issued to Trinamool MPs have been given to Leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee, Bandopadhyay said.
 
Referring to the telephone tapping issue, he alleged that the landline as well as mobile phone of the Trinamool chief was under surveillance "for several years now" in West Bengal.
 
"Mamata has written more than 12 letters to the Centre in this regard for over the past four years. I have also spoken to Communication Minister A Raja in this regard," Bandopadhyay said.
 
He said Raja explained to him that the state government cannot tap the phones of anyone without the consent of the Centre.
 
"But now since the system has become very easy, any phone can be tapped by the state government through the state intelligence agencies. It is particularly true for a state government that has been in power for 33 years and that is what has happened against Mamata," the Trinamool leader said pointing towards the Left Front government in West Bengal.
 
He said he has submitted a notice in the Lok Sabha for raising the issue on Tuesday.
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