UPA Govt. has no moral right to continue: TMC

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 15:00 hrs

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy on Friday alleged that the Congress-led UPA II Government is in minority and has no moral right to continue even for a single day.

"From the very first day, we are saying that this government is a minority government. This government has got no moral right to continue for a single moment. By using the floor of a number game, they can remain in power; but this government has no moral right to continue for a single moment," said Roy.

"Even with the support of SP, this support is from the outside by statement. Even not in writing to the President of India. So, this government is a minority government," he added, when asked to comment on Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's criticism of the UPA Government.

The former Railway Minister also made it clear that the TMC would not support the UPA at this point of time.

"Trinamool Congress withdrew its support to the government with a specific causes," he said.

"We are opposing the anti people activities, anti people decisions like increase of price hike in petrol, decontrolisation of diesel price, introducing FDI in retail prices, introducing FDI in pension and other sectors, increasing of fertiliser prices, Trinamool Congress opposes all sorts of decisions since last six months," he added.

Roy further alleged that even after the withdrawal of support from the DMK, it is crystal clear that this government has no mandate.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who arrived in New Delhi late on Thursday night after taking part in the fifth BRICS summit in Durban, talked to the media on board, and said that the government is stable and will complete its full five-year term.

"Obviously, coalitions face issues. Sometimes, they give the impression that these arrangements are not very stable and I cannot deny that those possibilities exist. But I am confident our government will complete five years and that the next Lok Sabha elections will take place on schedule," Dr. Singh said.

The Congress-led UPA Government has been in a minority since September last year when Mamata Banerjee pulled out her Trinamool Congress over the Centre's economic reforms, including opening the retail sector to foreign super-chains like Wal-Mart.

The DMK also earlier this month withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.

This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.

The Samajwadi Party provides outside support to the UPA. The Samajwadi Party supremo has, however, off late lashed out at the ruling Congress Party, thereby hinting that this outfit could possibly withdraw its support to the government in the coming days. (ANI)

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