New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is sticking to her deadline to the government demanding a rollback in the diesel price hike and FDI in retail. "My 72-hour deadline stands after which we will take a hard decision," Mamata told CNN-IBN.
The Trinamool Congress had on Friday issued a 72-hour deadline for the government to roll back decisions on diesel, LPG and FDI. The TMC parliamentary party will meet on Tuesday to chart its next course of action. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee will also be present in the meeting, say sources.
"TMC opposes any kind of FDI in retail sector," Railway Minister and TMC leader Mukul Roy said.
Mamata has warned that if her 72-hour deadline for a rollback of FDI and fuel price hike isn\'t met, she will take hard decisions.
Sources say that the TMC may consider withdrawing from the government if the rollback is not announced by Tuesday.
Mukul Roy has called up called up Congress leader Ahmed Patel and conveyed the message.
TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh demanded review of the decision. "Otherwise, we will protest," he said.
In a major decision signalling the end of policy paralysis in the UPA government, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday accepted 51 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
Options before Mamata Banerjee:
- Withdraw Cabinet Ministers and give outside support to government
- Protest on the streets but stay in government
- Pull out from government, push for a snap poll
- Roll back fuel, FDI decisions within 72 hrs: TMC
- Govt stays firm on FDI despite political fury