Petrol hike to burn Trinamool-UPA alliance; Mamata to decide

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Nov 4: With the UPA government getting slammed from different quarters for the petrol price hike and food inflation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed her irk at the anti-aam aadmi policies taken by the Centre. She also intends to take up the issue of Thursday's petrol price rise seriously.

Mamata has called up an emergency meeting of the Trinamool Congress parliamentary party regarding the issue in Kolkata to show her dissent at the issue and is also likely to mull into continuing the Trinamool's alliance with the UPA. [Read: Petrol prices hiked by Rs 1.80 a litre; aam aadmi furious]

Trinamool Congress chief whip in Parliament and Union MoS for health Sudip Bandyopadhyay has been quoted as saying, "Mamata Banerjee is extremely displeased over the hike in petroleum prices. This is not the first time that the Union government took such a decision keeping the UPA partners in the dark."

Mamata is also considerably irked due to the fact that she was not consulted before the government made the midnight decision to hike petrol prices. Trinamool Congress has also past grievances with the UPA, with the recent petrol hike coming as a further blow. The UPA had failed to bailout cash-starved Bengal as promised by PM Manmohan Singh earlier, that has added to the grouse.

Mamata, in spite of her landslide victory in the Assembly elections hopes to continue her winning streak by delivering the election promises to villages ahead of the panchayat polls scheduled for end of 2012.

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