Mamata's price for staying in UPA govt: Rs 19,000 crore

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  1. nrj

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    Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee seems to have pegged the political price of not pulling out her party’s ministers from the UPA government over the petrol price hike.

    And the price is a Rs 19,000-crore bailout package from the Centre for debt-ridden West Bengal.

    Trinamool will also press the central government not to effect any more hikes in the prices of diesel, kerosene and petrol. Twenty-four Trinamool MPs, including 18 from the Lok Sabha, are to meet the PM on Tuesday evening to express their anguish over the recent hike and the lack of coordination between the Congress and its allies on major policy decisions.

    Around the same time in Kolkata, Banerjee will meet governor MK Narayanan and union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the fresh bailout package.

    Two days after threatening to withdraw its ministers from the UPA government over the hike of R1.82 per litre of petrol, the Trinamool on Monday softened its stand on the issue. Realising that a rollback of the hike was unlikely after the PM’s categorical approval for deregulation of fuel prices, the Trinamool now wants to resist any such increase in the near future.

    “Under no circumstances will we allow any fresh hike,” said Sudip Bandopadhyay, chief whip of the Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha.

    Trinamool insiders said a withdrawal of support to the UPA government would jeopardise the already-announced central package of Rs 21,614 crore and the fresh demand for an additional Rs 19,000 crore.


    Mamata's price for staying in UPA govt: Rs 19,000 crore - Hindustan Times
     
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    ^^ At least it is good that she is asking for bailout for the state, and not personal bribes.

    Look at the positive side, and thank god for small mercies! :namaste:
     
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    I said it already, Didi has too much to loose by quitting UPA.

    21k+19k= 40k crores, who wouldn't want that ?
     
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    19000 crore?rupee's value diminished far below than somalian shilling?thank god unlike other political bugs she has intentions to convert bengal into london with that 19000 crore(we know that it is just in theory):)
     
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    It's called blackmail with a noble cause.

    She is trying to be a Robin Hood of Bengal. However, what comes to my mind is: “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime!"

    This is what Bengal needs today.
     
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    I hope Communists come back to power in Bengal. Whether or not they return to power, the maoists are not going to make life for the current rulers in the state any better than it was for the previous ones.
    Heck, giving up the cause of the common man for central aid, when opposition ruled states are being given step motherly treatment.
     
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    param common people in bengal had sufferd much in more than 30 years of tyrannny under communist regime which was slightly less harsher than those in china and old romania or russia..atleast now the common people in bengal can dream of a better future.pls dont object to their right to dream by brng back those morons who raped the state in the name of fake socialism.
     
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    Mamata should take lesson from a statement from what President Kalam said yesterday---- Nation First Ego second.

    Here it is also about ego with a bid to outdo others in publicity stunts. I do not see any substance from the new CM nor do I see any signs of maturity from her. She is too comfortable in the role model of a Rebel With Any Cause.
     
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    and it is but obvious, we the common folk, people like you and i, will foot in this bill of rs40,614 crores of didi ........................ well done ma'am, well done mr PM, well done mr FM, you've just burdened us a little more, whats the big deal? we, the few tax payers, are after all meant to be crushed.

    how dare you chaps ever curtail the other "sensitive" free handouts you chaps give, which buy you political influence but are a mere wastage.
     
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    The least they can do is get tax reforms. GST is hanging around for ages now it seems. No one is bothered. It's all about revenue.
    I wonder after missing so many deadlines will GST come into effect 1st April 2012 or not.
     
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    Pranab mukherjee must be slamming hhis head.He can neither refuse the money for Bengal nor he can accept it
     
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    Ms Bannerjee is Mickey Mouse!!

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    What if?

    Say the Centre agrees to give the money to Mamata. Now Mamata uses all the money up and then again issues blackmail #2?
     
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    There is no if and but here.
    Mamata is going to throw the money down the drain in pursuit of populist measures which in fact will be of no help to the common man of West Bengal.
     
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    Mamata Bannerjee will paint Bengal green!

    And the Communist will see red!

    :rofl:
     
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    True. Instead of handouts, encouragement for industry and business to come and set up shop in WB is what the focus should be on.

    All the same, no matter how flawed her policy is, I can't help feeling happy that she is asking for something for the state, instead of personal bribes for herself and her entourage of partymen. In the past, we have seen that the likes of Mulayam Singh Yadav and co. were always into bribes for their personal benefit.
     
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    If you want to take populist measures then atleast develop your economy to an extent that the local revenue itself can take care of a huge portion of the freebies and the Centre just chips in with a small amount.

    i hardly the state of economy in WB can afford to give freebies.
     
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    Let's look at the hammer and the sickle.

    Left Front under Jyoti Basu: Uphold sickle, trash the hammer.
    Left Front under Buddhadeb Bhattacharya: Uphold hammer, trash the sickle.
    TMC under Mamata Banerjee: Uphold sickle, trash the hammer.

    I do not see any difference in Jyoti Basu's policy and Mamata's policy. This is just my observation, or perception if you will.

    Well they kicked industry out and set such a bad example that investors will think twice before putting thier money in WB. Let us not forget that Jindal Steel MD and Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was visiting Salboni when Maoists blasted mines and tried to assassinate then in their convoy.

    Why should the people of WB get more freebies? By giving them freebies you are taking away the incentive to work hard. Sure, compensate on valid ground, like, for example, the exploitation of coal and iron ore from West Bengal for which it was not adequately compensated. The local population is hostile to investment or even if they are not, they are being instigated. Keeping such things in mind, definitely, this state and the people do not deserve any more handout.

    I grew up with Sikh children, whose parents had migrated out of UP, Rajasthan etc., and had moved to WB because they were safe (at the time of 1984 riots). These people came with very little money, yet emerged economically strong in less than a decade and were prosperous. This is all due to hard work.

    P.S.: These people were die hard CPI(M) supporters. ;)

    Give freebies and you will make people more and more lazy. Let us stop rewarding this lazyness for a change.

    Of course not. No state can. Moreover, the government needs to reward production and should set targets for every district. Those that perform well should get more benefits and those that do not can go down the drain. Yes, definitely donate when there are natural calamities. I hope Mamata uses the money to buy land and keep them ready for future investors.
     
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    every (welfare) project can be made commercially viable if the architects use their brains.
     
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    That is what happens in my state. The political parties give the most number of freebies from laptops to mixers to grinders to free gold to TV...but most of them are from the local revenue raised from taxes and other sources and Central Govt funding is hardly used for such purposes.

    I am no saying it might be a good idea..but saying that populism should kick in only when you can afford it a bit. The current state of WB economy after 3 decades of Left rule is in no such condition.
     

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