It's a Congress, not UPA govt now: Mamata

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 18:13 hrs

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday slammed the Centre and said it is being run by the Congress and not by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

"This is a minority government," Mamata said while addressing a press conference here.

"This is a Congress government now. It is not a UPA government," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said.

She backed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare´s demand for dissolution of the Parliament.

"I completely agree with the demands made by Hazare yesterday," she said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee´s TMC walked out of the ruling coalition on Sept 18 over the string of long-awaited economic reforms announced by the UPA government.

Former Army chief V K Singh and Hazare on Monday made a bitter attack on the UPA government and said the Parliament should be immediately dissolved if India were to follow its enshrined welfare state norms.

"Government is against the Constitution. We demand that the Parliament be dissolved and elections held immediately," Singh said here.

In a statement issued by them, Anna group said: "As per our Constitution, India is a welfare state, in which a democratically elected government is duty bound to protect and improve the life of the masses. However, the current system has completely ignored these principles enshrined in the Constitution and has surrendered to the market forces."

"Therefore, there is a demand for dissolving Parliament, which is not following the constitution, so that the people can decide the nature of the government and the state - whether it should be a welfare state or a neo-liberal state," they said.

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