Trinamool Congress wants to withdraw from the union cabinet, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced on Friday in Kolkata. The decision, she said, was taken unanimously by the Trinamool parliamentary party that met in the city, to protest against the petro price hike on Friday night.
"Our withdrawal of support may result in fall of the government. But since the Prime Minister is away, we want to discuss with him and have sought an appointment with him," Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat here.
While sounding the threat, Mamata Banerjee said Trinamool Congress leaders would meet the prime minister Manmohan Singh once he returns from abroad to inform him of the decision.. “All our MPs would meet the prime minister and inform him of our decision,” said Mamata Banerjee.
“We can compromise on every count, but if decisions put great stress on the common man repeatedly we can’t compromise,” said Mamata Banerjee, explaining the rationale of her party’s strong and rather unexpected decision.
Trinamool is the second biggest constituent of the UPA government at the Centre with 18 MPs.
“Petro prices were raised 11 times in the past 12 months. None were consulted before taking these decisions for price hike that puts people in great distress,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
“The price of petrol has been raised. But now diesel and that of LPG would also be hiked,” said Mamata.
“We have protested such price hikes in the past but to no avail. If such unilateral decisions are taken the common people come under great srtess,” added the Trinamool Congress chief.
“There is no mechanism for us to register our protest. Dinesh Trivedi is the sole minister who finds himself lonely and outnumbered in the cabinet,” Mamata went on complaining.
“There are some moments when price hikes in the global markets make price revisions unavoidable. But such repeated revisions cannot be tolerated,” she added.