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Mamata pulls out of UPA

After her 72-hour deadline and an over three-hour long meeting in Kolkata with Trinamool Congress MPs and leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday finally walked out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government.

After her 72-hour deadline and an over three-hour long meeting in Kolkata with Trinamool Congress MPs and leaders, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday finally walked out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

Mamata Banerjee took the decision to pull out of the UPA after meeting her party leaders, which was attended by all the MPs including the six ministers belonging to the Trinamool Congress in the Union ministry.

Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, the West Bengal chief minister accused the UPA of not giving the respect to the Trinamool Congress that it deserved.

She even said that the latest steps taken by the UPA were attempts to divert the attention of the country from the coalgate controversy.

Talking about the decision of her party, Banerjee said that her ministers in the Union government would resign on Friday.

"The Trinamool Congress stands for principles. We will organise country-wide agitations," said Banerjee, adding, "this government will last only three to six months."

The West Bengal chief minister said that the decision by the Centre was "unilateral", and even Parliament was not informed about it.

"I told Sonia Gandhi that this decision was wrong and asked for roll back but did not happen," said Banerjee. She, however, added that her "personal relations" with the UPA chairperson would continue.

The West Bengal chief minister even left a room for negotiation saying she might reconsider her decision if the government went for a roll back before Friday.

Reacting to the decision of the TMC chief, the Samajwadi Party called her withdrawal of support "a very serious issue".

Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav said, "The withdrawal by Mamata is a very serious issue. Congress should have given a chance to Mamata...almost all parties are against FDI, diesel price hike and LPG issue."

The Bharatiya Janata Party also attacked the UPA government over the issue terming it as a result of the "Congress' arrogance of power".

"This is the Congress way of dealing with their alliance. They are not consulted in a Congress government," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.

Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy is of Cabinet rank and holds the Railways portfolio while other five MPs from the party are ministers of state. They are minister of urban development Saugata Roy, minister of health and family welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay, minister of information and broadcasting Choudhury Mohan Jatua, minister of tourism Sultan Ahmed and minister of rural development Sisir Kumar Adhikari.

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