Trinamool Congress Ministers resign from UPA Government
MDT/PTI 21 September 2012

Six ministers from Trinamool congress submitted their resignation to the PM. This means the UPA government has to look out for new Railway minister for the third time in the year

 
New Delhi: Six Ministers belonging to Trinamool Congress on Friday submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who expressed sadness over the ally's decision in protest against allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, reports PTI.
 
The Ministers -- Mukul Roy, Sudip Bandhyopadhay, Sultan Ahmed, Sougata Roy, Sisir Adhikary and CM Jatua -- went to the Prime Minister's residence 7, Race Course Road to submit their resignations.
 
While receiving the resignation letters, the Prime Minister said he was "sad" that they were quitting, Bandhyopadhay told reporters later.
 
Mukul Roy was the only Cabinet Minister among the six holding Railways portfolio since March. This also means, the government has to look out for a new minister of Railways, third time in this year. Earlier, Dinesh Trivedi had to resign from the post after after he incurred the wrath of Trinamool Congress chief for hiking passenger fares in the Railway Budget. He was replaced by Banerjee's trusted lieutnent Roy.
 
Bandhyopadhyay was Minister of State for Health, Ahmed was MoS for Tourism, Sougata Roy was MoS Urban Development, Adhikary was MoS Rural Development and C M Jatua MoS Information and Broadcasting.
 
Asked whether Trinamool leaders had demanded a floor test by the government to check its majority, Saugata Roy said, "no, we did not. Beyond what I have told you, we have not said anything extra."

He refused to reveal what the Prime Minister told them, saying it was confidential.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday had announced her decision to withdraw support to the UPA protesting the Centre's decisions to hike diesel prices, withdraw subsidy on cooking gas and allow FDI in multi-brand retail.
 
On Thursday night hitting out at the UPA government for 'hurriedly' notifying FDI in multi-brand retail, the Trinamool supremo said that it (the union government) had no business of doing so after being reduced to a "minority".
 
"I have just come to know through media that Centre has notified FDI in multi-brand retail today. Is it ethical, moral and democratic for a minority government to issue government order forcibly and hurriedly when massive protests against it are taking place across the country?" she said on her Facebook page on Thursday, terming the move as "shocking".
 
She said, "These actions by a minority government questions its credibility. It also defied democratic traditions in the context of the assurance given in a statement by the former finance minister (Pranab Mukherjee) on 7 December 2011 in Lok Sabha to go in for consensus among all stake holders before taking a decision."
 
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