Trinamool ministers quit UPA government

New Delhi: All six Trinamool Congress ministers resigned from the Manmohan Singh government today, three days after the party said it was quitting the UPA to protest the government’s economic policies.

Railway Minister Mukul Roy and five ministers of state called on the prime minister and handed over their resignations, party officials said. The meeting lasted barely five minutes.

Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay, who was the minister of state for health, told reporters later that the prime minister said he was “sad” the Trinamool was leaving the government.

Banerjee Tuesday said her ministers would leave the Congress-led UPA government unless it reversed its decisions on capping cooking gas cylinders, allowing FDI in multi-brand retail and hiking diesel rates.

From the prime minister’s residence, the Trinamool ministers drove to Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet President Pranab Mukherjee.


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