Trinamool opposition to FDI not ideological: CPI-M

August 25th, 2012 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Aug 25 (IANS) Terming Trinamool Congress as a party driven by vested interests rather than ideology, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday said its opposition to allow FDI in retail was a pressure tactic to extract a financial package for West Bengal.

“Here is a party which doesn’t have any ideology. They had earlier opposed FDI in retail but now they have given their nod for FDI in education sector because the centre has assured them a financial package,” Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said at a programme here.

Mishra, who is also a CPI-M politburo member, claimed that once the central government cleared the financial package for Bengal, Trinamool will give its nod for FDI in retail too.

“Once the centre clears the financial package, they will give nod to FDI in retail too. Because their opposition was not based on concerns for the people but for the financial package,” said Mishra.

He brought in the example of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Kolkata few months back as a part of “putting pressure” on Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee to allow FDI in retail.

“The US has been working on her. So a few months back they had come to see the result. After Hillary Clinton’s visit only she has given her nod to FDI in education sector,” he said.

Mishra termed Trinamool as an opportunist ally of Congress, saying it was trying to reap the benefits of power at the centre while at the same time protesting against it to score political points.

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