PM may address nation tomorrow

NEW DELHI, Sep 20:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to address the nation tomorrow to explain and possibly reinforce his Governement’s position on the reform process even as Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee has reportedly sought an appointment with the President to formally convey her decision of withdrawal of support to the UPA.
The Government has already strongly defended, describing as a “liberalisation measure”, its FDI  policy which angered Ms Banerjee into withdrawing support to the UPA.
Ms Banerjee, who withdrew support to the UPA yesterday plunging it into in a crisis, said she would wait for the Government’s reaction till Friday after which her six Ministers would submit resignation to the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet which was scheduled to meet tomorrow, postponed its meeting without assigning any reasons.
Sources said the meeting was postponed because of the fast-paced political developments in the country.
There is also talk of an impending Cabinet rejig with the possibility of six Trinamool Congress members resigning.
Senior Congress leader and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the UPA still  had more than 300 Members of Parliament with it even  if 19 MPs of the Trinamool Congress withdrew support.
With latest political developments, both—Congress and Trinamool Congress—seemed to be drifting further apart with neither in any mood for compromise.
The Congress is now looking at the Samajwadi Party, which has 21 MPs and Ms Mayawati’s BSP which has 19 MPs.
The political tussle turned murky yesterday with both Congress and Trinamool Congress trading charges and blaming each other for not contacting each other. (AGENCIES)


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