Mamata gives govt 72 hours, PM prefers to 'go down fighting'

Even before Mamata Banerjee could breathe out all the fire the UPA had stoked in her belly by hiking diesel prices, the government threw the country’s doors open to FDI in multi-brand retail – another issue that goes against the TMC’s pro-grassroots drive in Bengal.

“I would have been very happy if I could withdraw the support at the very moment. But if I withdraw the support other parties will come up to support them. They will accuse me of creating instability,” Banerjee declared angrily. Banerjee issued a 72-hour-deadline demanding the government roll back the fuel price hike and FDI proposals.

Mamata Banerjee.

While she maybe busy swallowing the FDI punch to her political bible and busy framing her new hate speech for the UPA, Manmohan Singh has done what some would say is the unthinkable. The man who the country yearns to hear, apparently told his Cabinet colleagues that, “If we have to go down, we have to go down fighting.”

IBN Live reports suggest that fed up by the constant hammering by the Opposition and its allies, the UPA decided to change its stance and taken on protests against their policies aggressively.

Kunal Ghosh, spokesperson for the Trinamool Congress, said during an interview to a TV channel that the party thoroughly opposed the government's FDI decision. "WE are never for any anti-grassroots move. However, we don't have the number to assert our position on this issue. The UPA is not the Congress' personal property, it should stop treating the government as only its playground."