Mamata Banerjee Raises Questions Against Air India Disinvestment


New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee strongly opposed the Centre’s move to disinvest its stake in Air India.

Hours after the government released the preliminary information memorandum on strategic disinvestment of the national carrier, Banerjee took to Twitter to express her objection over the decision.

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“I’m sorry to read in the media about the government inviting expression of interest for selling Air India, the jewel of our nation. We strongly oppose this and want this order to be withdrawn immediately,” the TMC chief said.

“This government must not be allowed to sell our country,” she claimed. TMC leader Derek O’Brien questioned the decision, saying a parliamentary panel was still examining the issue.

“The proposed disinvestment of Air India is being examined by the panel. Stakeholders are being called. Views heard. Report still some time away. How come these moves from goverment?,” he tweeted. O’Brien heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport, Tourism and Culture.