New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Opposition CPI (M) accused the Chief Minister of being equally responsible for the Union government’s decision to allow 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector.

“Why Mamata could not stop the move despite claiming to have anti-FDI sentiments. Why she failed if we (Left parties) have succeeded in preventing UPA-I from taking such a decision in the past” said CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury here on Thursday.

He further said “The UPA-1 government had faced our strong opposition in 2004 when it has announced FDI in retail in its first budget. In such a condition we doubt the ardor of the Chief Minister about the FDI issue.”

Yechury further added, “If Left party can do so they why cannot the Trinamool Congress pressurize the Centre to take back the anti-mass move. How the Union government succeeded in bringing the FDI in the presence of TMC ministers.”

JPN/Bureau