New Delhi: Blowing the bugle against FDI in multi-brand retail, Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched the first ever demonstration at the Jantar Mantar after parting its ways from the UPA government.

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“The TMC’s rally is not just a dharna but a ‘protest’ and aimed at giving voice to the 'aam aadmi'. All our MPs will protest, but I have not brought anyone from Bengal.” Banerjee said.

Terming the government’s FDI decision as anti-people, she said that her party might bring no-confidence motion against the government during next Parliament session.

Top TMC leaders including former railway minister Mukul Roy and Dinesh Trivedi on Monday morning reached Jantar Mantar to protest against the government’s ‘anti-people decisions’.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal Congress will also hold counter rally against TMC in Bengal on Monday.

When asked whether Trinamool Congress would support a resolution in the Parliament against FDI if it is brought by the BJP, former Railway Minister Mukul Roy evaded a direct reply.

"Who brings what is not the issue. The actual issue is the decision of the government which is anti-people...the then Finance Minister (Pranab Mukherjee) had assured the Parliament that any decision on FDI would be taken after consulting all stakeholders and after evolving a consensus. That has not happened," he said.

In her Facebook post, Banerjee had recently said: "Let us fight the battle boldly. In a democracy, people are supreme. Our voice is the voice of the people. We must raise our voice, so that the government must reconsider."

She said the party's fight for the cause of common people will continue with the help of 'Maa, Mati, Manush' throughout the country.

TMC, which has 19 members in the Lok Sabha, pulled out its six ministers from the government on September 21 and withdrew support to the Congress-led UPA over these issues.

JD(U) chief joins Mamata’s rally

Meanwhile, JD(U) chief and BJP-led National Democratic Alliance convenor Sharad Yadav too joined the TMC chief on the stage. However, it is still not clear that Yadav was invited or offered to join her in the rally. The NDA and JD (U) are opposing FDI in retail.

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