Millennium Post

PMO draws action plan to placate TMC

With the 72-hour deadline laid by the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee ending on Monday, eyes are all set on the Trinamool Congress's move in the all party meeting scheduled for Tuesday. The party is likely to announce its decision to remain in the United Progressive Alliance [UPA] government. However, sources say that the Congress will soon make an effort to placate the Trinamool boss.

Banerjee had set the deadline soon after the announcement of introduction of FDI in multi-brand retail was made on Friday evening. Highly placed sources in the Prime Minister's Office [PMO] told Millennium Post, 'The PMO is actively looking for a solution to this problem. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh might speak to Mamata Banerjee and find middle ground to the ongoing crisis.'

According to the source, 'After PM's talk with Banerjee, the petroleum and finance ministry will be given directions accordingly. The decision of revising the number of [subsidised] LPG cylinders will be taken solely by the PM, who will then  eventually direct the petroleum ministry to act accordingly. Currently there has been no word from the PMO, but talks are definitely under way with Banerjee for compromise.'

Meanwhile, Banerjee, on her Facebook page, has criticised media houses for speculating about her party's follow-up action if the talks with the UPA leadership do not resolve the differences. She wrote, 'It is utterly unfortunate to see that two-three negligible channels are disseminating distorted and concocted information at the behest of certain business interests. This is totally unwarranted in a democratic set-up. I condemn this misrepresentation of information from such spineless and negligible section of channels.'
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