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Won’t allow Walmart in West Bengal, asserts Mamata

Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, October 9, 2012

Accusing the central government of “ruining and selling the country” through its economic reforms, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said she will not allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail in her state.

“They allowed FDI in retail, capped the subsidised cooking gas and now they will invest pension money in the share market. By doing this, they want to ruin the country. They want to sell the country to foreigners,” Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief, said while addressing a public meeting at Tamluk in East Midnapore district.

“They want to snatch your land and livelihood and set up Walmart here. But let me say this. As long as I am here, we will not allow Walmart to enter. We cannot and will not allow anything that jeopardises the interest of common people,” said Banerjee.

Criticising the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance for the hikes in diesel and fertiliser prices, she said the central government will have to roll back the hikes.

“Because of the high diesel and fertiliser prices, the cost of farming has gone beyond the reach of farmers. Farmers are the backbone of the country and we cannot allow them to suffer. The government will have to lower the prices,” said Banerjee.

“Just because I am opposed to the reforms, which is hurting their interest, a section of the media is spreading canard against us. But they are not gods that whatever they say will be believed by the people,” added Banerjee.

Following the ruling United Progressive Alliance’s decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, the Trinamool Congress withdrew from the Congress-led alliance last month.

Reproduced from NYDailyNews.com / Desi 

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En masse sedition in Koodankulam # Censorship

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“Pushparayan, Jesuraj and I have been living in an open quater-km-radius prison since March 19, 2012,” writes Dr. S.P. Udayakumar, convenor of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy that is spearheading the protests. “Thousands of people sleep around our house at night in order to protect us from possible police action and mid-night arrest. Hundreds of youth protect us round the clock.”

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How can a peaceful agitation of villagers against a nuclear power plant in their backyard be a seditious activity? Yet an unprecedented 3500 protestors have been charged with sedition,   says NITYANAND JAYARAMAN. Pix: dianuke.org  -

Between September and December 2011, 107 FIRs were registered in just one police station – the Koodankulam P.S. – against more than 55,000 people. That is about 30 percent of the total eligible voters in that Assembly constituency. The cases began to be registered within a few months of the new Government assuming power in Tamil Nadu. Of these, 3500 people are accused of “sedition” and/or “waging war against the state” – perhaps the largest number for any police station in independent or British India. The actual numbers of accused and FIRs are likely to be at least double this if the data is updated to April 2012. Ironically, the accused are…

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