Want Mamata Banerjee in UPA, but no problem if she leaves: Congress

Mamata Banerjee

Stressing that Trinamool Congress can oppose and offer its own proposals even while staying in the union government, West Bengal state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharjee on Sunday said there will be no problem to its stability if Trinamool decides to quit.

Bhattacharjee’s comment comes at a point when Trinamool Congress is planning to take a “hard decision” if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government does not roll back the twin decisions of retail FDI and diesel price hike within a 72-hour deadline, ending on Monday.

Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and six ministers in the government.

“We want Trinamool to stay both in the Cabinet and in the government. They can oppose and can offer their own proposals by staying in the government also, for that they don’t need to leave the government,” said Bhattacharjee.

Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday warned the Congress to roll back the twin “anti-people” polices of FDI in retail and the diesel price hike or face “hard decisions”.

Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee has given 72-hour deadline to the UPA to rollback FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike.

Bhattacharjee made light of her threats.

“And even after so much persuasion, if they decide to leave (the government), they can do it. We don’t have any problem,” he said.

Trinamool has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and six ministers in the government.

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