Not pulling out but will protest: Mamata (Lead)

May 23rd, 2012 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) Miffed over the steep rise in petrol prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday that she would protest but not pull out of the central government.

“As we have a commitment to support the government and we do not want political instability, we are not pulling out. But that does not mean we will not oppose the decision. The hike is unjust. We are really pained and saddened,” Banerjee told the media at the state secretariat.

She lashed out at the Congress for taking the decision without consulting its alliance partners.

“Before taking such a big decision, even if it was necessary, why were the coalition partners not consulted?

“The Congress must remember it is not running the government on its own. There are other partners.

“Parliament was in session till yesterday. Couldn’t they have discussed it then? Why come out with the hike after parliament is adjourned?”

The Trinamool Congress chief accused the central government of mismanaging the economy.

“We cannot accept this burden on the common people. That’s why we are not supporting the price hike in petrol,” said Banerjee.

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