Chances of patch up with Mamata dim as Congress against roll back

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 19, 2012 14:39 IST

There seems to be little chance of a patch up between the Congress and Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee. The Congress core group meeting has ended but there are no indication as to what the government would do on the demands of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee who has sought the total withdrawal of FDI in retail, the slashing of Rs 5 hike in diesel price by Rs 4 or Rs 3 and raise the cap on LPG cylinders from 6 to 12.

Sources said after a meeting of the top Congress leadership at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the government would explain to Trinamool Congress ministers the circumstances under which these decisions were taken.

When asked about the Trinamool demands for roll back of the decisions, the sources merely said, "ask the petroleum minister". Six ministers of Trinamool Congress are slated to resign on Friday afternoon if the government does not roll back its decisions.

The sources recalled that the government sought to reach out to Mamata Banerjee four days ago to explain the background behind the decisions it took.
The Prime Minister tried to speak to Banerjee twice over phone but she did not return the calls. Then Railway Minister Mukul Roy was contacted, the sources said, adding Roy acknowledged that Banerjee had received the message.

However, Roy said today that nobody from the government has spoken to him after Mamata Banerjee decided on withdrawing support last night.

Meanwhile, BJP has sharpened its attack on UPA with senior leader LK Advani saying that BJP would demand a special session of Parliament on FDI.

(Agency inputs)


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