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Mamata threatens to pull out ministers from UPA

New Delhi, Sep 17 (): The Trinamool Congress has threatened to pull out its ministers from the UPA government, if the Centre fails to roll back its earlier decision on diesel and the cooking gas price hike and permitting the foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.

Even though the Congress has declared that it is not under attack from any of its allies, TMC leader R Mukul Roy said, “Mamata Banerjee will be taking a final decision on the issue on Tuesday after the parliamentary meeting.”

The Congress party also clarified that the Trinamool Congress though expressed its anxiety has promised not to walk out of the UPA. Mamata will not be joining hands with the BJP as she might not prefer to lose the thirty percent Muslim population by joining hands with the BJP, said a spokesman from the Congress party.

Moreover,there seems to be some misunderstanding among the Trinamool party members on the issue of withdrawing support that complete withdrawal might worsen the problem.   Mamata Banerjee on the other hand is repeatedly announcing to withdraw her ministers from the UPA, perhaps to keep the government under her hold, said sources.

Mamata’s worries seem to be apparent, as even if the Trinamool Congress withdraws support, the Samajwadi and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party will not be ready to break ties with the UPA. “Even if we withdraw our support to the UPA government, the Congress might not bother as it will still be in a fine position to go ahead with its policies with the help of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party, “said a Rajya Sabha MP.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday has set a deadline of seventy-two hours for the ruling Congress before which the government has to withdraw its previous decision on the diesel price hike and LPG cylinders and FDI in multi-brand retail.