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BJP hails Mamata's decision, says UPA govt downfall begins

Complimenting Mamata Banerjee for the 'bold stand' her party has taken by withdrawing support to UPA, the BJP today claimed the downfall of the Central government has started and raised questions on its stability.

delhi Updated: Sep 18, 2012 23:40 IST

Complimenting Mamata Banerjee for the "bold stand" her party has taken by withdrawing support to UPA, BJP on Tuesday claimed the downfall of the Central government has started and raised questions on its stability.

"The beginning of the downfall of the UPA government has started. Practically, it is now a Congress government. After the withdrawal of support by Trinamool Congress, a serious question mark is there on the stability of this government," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

"We need to applaud and compliment Mamataji for taking such a bold stand, purely in the interest of the people of the country," he said.

Prasad said BJP will decide soon after consultations within and with NDA allies on whether there is a need for convening a special session of Parliament in the wake of withdrawal of TMC support to UPA.

The BJP leader said the way Mamata and her TMC collegues were forced to take this decision, it "amply indicates the supreme arrogance" of Congress.

"It is not in the DNA of Congress to have a dialogue and trust the allies and that we are seeing and noticing with repeated regularity. The sheer arrogance that 'we can rule and others have to follow' is the biggest folly of the Central government, which is now a Congress government."

He said the government is now increasingly drifting towards minority and "it is very important that no decision in a hurry be taken, which this government is prone to, so that people of the country continue to suffer as they have in UPA-II."

"Forget the political parties in opposition, even the allies are not taken on-board," Prasad said.

He said Mamata has reiterated BJP's stand that the decision on FDI in retail has been taken by Congress-led UPA government in a bid to divert the attention from the "coalgate scam".

He attacked Congress for taking "unilateral decisions" and said FDI in retail decision affected over five crore people and it was taken allegedly without consultating anybody.

JD-U hails Mamata's decision

Opposition JD-U today hailed Mamata Banerjee's decision of withdrawing support from the UPA government, saying the Trinamool Congress chief had taken a "big step" to save the country.

"I salute Mamata Banerjee for the step she has taken. She has taken a big step to save the nation," JD-U president Sharad Yadav said.

He was reacting to Banerjee's announcement of withdrawing her party's support from the UPA on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel hike and the cap of six subsidised cylinders to each household per year.

PM should step down: Trinamool MP

Hours after an aggressive Trinamool Congress decided to withdraw their support from the UPA government, party MP Kunal Ghosh demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should step down and go for elections to se whether the price rise and reforms are acceptable to the masses.

"He is talking about reforms. Has he sought the people's advice on it? He should step down and go for elections and see whether his reforms are at all acceptable to the masses," Ghosh said.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday withdrew her Trinamool Congress party's support to the UPA government, but both she and the Congress indicated a last minute patch up may still be possible.

Banerjee announced the decision after a three-hour meeting of party leaders in Kolkata, four days after the central government unleashed a wave of reforms aimed at kickstarting a stagnant economy.

At her aggressive best, Banerjee told the media that Trinamool's six ministers -- one cabinet and five ministers of state -- would submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi Friday.

"Before accepting the resignation of Trinamool Ministers, he (Manmohan Singh) himself should resign because it was on the basis of the support of Trinamool that in 2009 he had submitted his claim for forming the government," said Ghosh.

Numbers game in LS, minus Mamata

How do the numbers stack up for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the 545-member Lok Sabha after the Trinamool Congress, which has 19 members, decided to withdraw support?

With the half-way mark being 273, the UPA has 243 members: Congress 205, DMK 18, Nationalist Congress Party 9, Indian Union Muslim League 2, VCK 1, Rashtriya Lok Dal 4, National Conference 3 and Kerala Congress 1.

Another 52 seats are added by parties which support the UPA from the outside: Samajwadi Party 22, Bahujan Samaj Party 21, Rashtriya Janata Dal 4, Janata Dal-Secular 3, AIMM 1 and AIUDF 1. The support of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (2) and MDMK (1) is unclear.

This would give the government 295 members but many of the supporting parties are opposed to the government's decision to permit FDI in retain, hike diesel prices by Rs.5 a litre and restrict to six the number of subsidised cooking gas cylindes per family per year.

Some of the 9 independents also support the UPA from outside.