‘Will fight like a tiger cub’
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"A day will come when I will be no more on this earth. Many attempts were made to kill me. But still I remain alive, I will remain like a tiger cub," an angry Mamata Banerjee told her supporters in Gaighata in North 24-Parganas district on a day when her party, the Trinamool Congress, officially pulled out from the Congress-led UPA government after a courtship of three and half years.
The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, reiterated that the hike in diesel price and the introduction of FDI in multi-brand retail was "an act of treachery on her party and the people".
"They have little idea what Bengal could achieve. Bengal will lead the way in the fight against these alleged anti-people policies," the Trinamool chief said as she exhorted Bengali pride by invoking the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Najrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore.
She was at Gaighata, 70 kms from Kolkata, to mark the foundation stone laying ceremony of a government college and was accompanied by Binapani Devi, the head of the politically significant Matua sect.
"We were deceived by the central government. They issued the notification on the FDI late Thursday night. It is a dangerous attempt. It is unethical and immoral. Under no circumstances shall we allow FDI in retail.I exhort my mothers and sisters to put up fierce resistance against it,'' said Mamata amidst thunderous uproar from the audience mainly comprising people from nearby villages.
Referring to the capping of subsidised LPG cylinders to six a year, Mamata said, "Your kitchen will be on fire, will you tolerate it?" she said adding "those who have decided it must be importing their food from abroad".
"The Centre gives this subsidy from the money gathered from the taxes collected from the states. It's not their own money. They have a host of programmes named after their leaders. They are trying to deprive us of our food. Our Abdul or Bina will not eat, instead Obaba or Okaka or Ochacha will come here."
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