UPA govt is corrupt: Mamata Banerjee

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 15:22 hrs

Kolkata, Sept 26 (IBNS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Manmohan Singh, from which she walked out over the issue of FDI in retail and diesel hike, is corrupt.

"It is stable [but] of the corruption, by the corruption, for the corruption," said Banerjee in an interview to CNN IBN channel aired on Wednesday.

She called the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in retail as "FDIgate" likening it to another corrupt move of the UPA fuelled by money power.

She money power, muscle power and mafia power are the strengths of the UPA.

Mamata said she is self sufficient to contest the elections in West Bengal, when asked if the Congress decision in the state to walk out of her government would harm her.

She slammed the UPA on FDI decision.

"No one had consulted me on FDI," she said, rubbishing reports that there was an effort to consult her before the FDI in retail was pushed.

She said she rather had requested Sonia Gandhi to save the alliance but ruling out any support to the Congress on FDI.

On future support to Congress after elections, she said she cannot say it at the moment but "I am fed up with them."

"I cannot give my individual opinion. I have to consult my party," she told the channel on future alliance with Congress, not ruling it out completely.

But Banerjee slammed the Congress on the issues of corruption and anti-people decisions.

Mamata, the biggest in ally Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, walked out of the ruling coalition on Sept 18 over the string of long-awaited economic reforms announced last week.

She said that since the government was not rolling back the moves on diesel, LPG and FDI, widely considered as critical to revive India's economy but criticised by others as detrimental, TMC was withdrawing its support.

PM Singh, criticized for running a government of policy paralysis, announced the big bang reforms and so far has decided to stay on course with his policies.

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