Should I beat up PM?: Mamata fumes over fertiliser price hike

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 06:10 hrs

Canning (West Bengal): Stepping up her anti-Centre tirade, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh several times to protest against fertiliser price hike but to no avail, and she could not do anymore.

"I have met PM ten times. I cannot do more than this. Shall I go and beat (him up)? Then you will say I have become a goonda. Without doing anything I am (called) a goonda. I do not mind that. But I know the way out. We will have to set up a fertiliser factory and it will need three or four years' time," Banerjee said.

She said the central government was pursuing "anti-people" policies like FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike.

"We cannot allow FDI in retail and other anti-people decisions like repeated hike in the diesel prices and the cap on LPG cylinders," Banerjee, whose party Trinamool Congress had quit the government in September last year over these issues, said.

The chief minister claimed that the Congress-led UPA would go in for a snap election in the middle of this year.

"They would go for an election in August-September this year. There will be no implementation of the forthcoming Union Budget (budgetary proposals which will be placed in Parliament)," Banerjee said.

The chief minister threatened to "take the fight for Bengal to the streets of Delhi" if the Centre did not respond to her demand for a three-year moratorium on repayment of past debts and interest on them.

"When the Left Front government was in power, it was allowed to take loans. I am going to wait for some more days. If the Centre does not accept our demand (for a moratorium and debt restructuring) I will be forced to take the fight for Bengal to the streets of Delhi," she told the rally.

"Our government is doing very well. We have fulfilled the promises made in our manifesto. But the Centre is not allowing us to take further loans," she said. (MORE)

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