After her 72-hour deadline and an over three-hour long meeting in Kolkata with Trinamool Congress MPs and leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday finally walked out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government.
Mamata Banerjee took the decision to pull out of the UPA after meeting her party leaders, which was attended by all the MPs including the six ministers belonging to the Trinamool Congress in the Union Ministry.
Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, the West Bengal Chief Minister accused the UPA of not giving the respect to the Trinamool Congress that it deserved.
With the Trinamool Congress withdrawing support, the UPA is now 18 seats short of a simple majority in the Lok Sabha.
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She even said that the latest steps taken by the UPA were attempts to divert the attention of the country from the coalgate controversy.
While Mukul Roy is of Cabinet rank and hold the Railways portfolio, the other five are ministers of state. They are Minister of Urban Development Saugata Roy, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Choudhury Mohan Jatua, Minister of Tourism Sultan Ahmed and Minister of Rural Development Sisir Kumar Adhikari.