November 8th, 2011
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Mamata to confront UPA

mamataNew Delhi: The firebrand Mamtaji will meet Finance Minister and the Congress’ chief troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee at Kolkotta today while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets Trinamool Congress’ 18 Lok Sabha and six Rajya Sabha MPs.The two top leaders are attempting to pacify the sulking Banerjee who is more than upset with last weeks petrol prize hike. Mamata Banerjee is upset that her party was not consulted on raising petrol prices by Rs. 1.82.

The Trinamool has however made that task a little easier for UPA by saying they are not insisting that the hike be rolled back.The Trinamool also wants the UPA to bridge the gap between the two allies. The Trinamool Congress’ Sudip Bandhopadhyay said yesterday that what they were demanding from the PM was “participation in these grave issues.” The common man was being affected, Mamata Banerjee’s close aide said, adding “that is not a good thing. No, we are not asking for a rollback. We are trying to represent the grievances of the common man. Prices of diesel and gas are going to increase, is what we are hearing.”

There is little chance anyway of the government stepping in to roll back the hike in petrol prices as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has firmly stated that deregulation is here to stay.



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