Mamata demands fresh Lok Sabha pollsJuly 22nd, 2008 - 11:21 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee demanded immediate Lok Sabha polls, saying she bowed her head in shame after allegations of three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs that they were offered cash to abstain during the confidence vote Tuesday. “What has happened in parliament is unethical. I bow my head in shame. Lot of immoral things were done to secure votes,” Banerjee told newspersons after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government won the trust vote in the Lok Sabha.
Banerjee, the sole Lok Sabha member from Trinamool, did not take part in the two-day special session convened for the confidence motion, and stayed rooted in Kolkata.
She said the UPA could remain in power for the next six months, but it would be proper for the government to go for elections immediately.
Banerjee also criticised Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for “clinging” to his post.
“Why did he stick to his post? He should have resigned earlier,” she said.
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