'Trinamool not to pull down UPA govt'
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said though her party was against price rise, it would do nothing to pull down the UPA government at the Centre.india Updated: Jul 31, 2010 20:26 IST
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said though her party was against price rise, it would do nothing to pull down the UPA government at the Centre.
"We would like the government to consider reducing the prices to some extent. Like them (CPI-M) we will not pull down the government. We are one hundred per cent with the government till we are there," Banerjee, whose party has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha, told reporters here.
Asked to comment on CPI(M)'s charge that her party was not vocal on the issue, she said since Trinamool Congress was a part of the coalition, it had sought a discussion in Parliament on the rise in prices of petroleum products under a rule which does not entail voting.
Accusing CPI(M) of adopting "double-standards", she said the party was stalling Parliament with other opposition parties on the issue of price rise and at the same time raising power tariff in West Bengal.
Demanding immediate reversal of the hike in power tariff, Banerjee said her party would demonstrate before all police stations in the state on that issue and also on price rise from tomorrow.
The Trinamool chief said she could not understand why the state government did not lift the cess on petroleum products like some other states.
"When petrol prices are hiked to Rs 4 a litre, the state government realises cess of Rs 8 which is a burden on the common people," she said.
"The state government is realising revenue of thousands of rupees in the name of cess," she added.