KOLKATA: Ms Mamata Banerjee, Chief of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and state Chief Minister, has said that her party will withdraw her support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) if petro-product prices are surged again. The Indian Prime Minister has said that a possible rollback of the recent petrol rate hike is not on the cards.
Ms Banerjee after her meeting with Union Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee, said, “If the price of petroleum products and cooking gas is increased again we will not stay with this government. The day the prices are increased we will severe all ties. I had information that the union government is planning to increase the price of domestic gas. The decision lying with the (empowered) group of ministers is that the government will only provide three gas cylinders annually at subsidised rates and the people will have to buy the reaining cylinders at Rs 850-900.”
Her party MPs also held an hour-long meeting with Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Trinamool Congress is one of the largest UPA partner with 18-Lok Sabha members.
After an hour-long meeting with Manmohan Singh, Trinamool parliamentary party chief Mr Sudip Bandopadhyay has stated that Dr Singh has given consensus on the requirement for better coordination between the UPA allies.