Congress plays down Mamata`s ultimatum

Centre over moratorium on interest payment burden of the state said every Chief Minister or state has some legitimate expectations and aspirations and wants the best possible for his or her state.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2012, 21:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Saturday sought to play down West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s ultimatum to the Centre over moratorium on interest payment burden of the state saying "every Chief Minister or state has some legitimate expectations and aspirations and wants the best possible for his or her state."

"If West Bengal Chief Minister has certain issues, demands and aspiration with the central government, I am sure the government will interlocute with her and see how the development imperatives of the state can be addressed under the Constitutional framework", party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

"Every Chief Minister or state has some legitimate expectations and aspirations and wants the best possible for his or her state", he said.
Tewari declined to accept that Banerjee`s insistence is some threat saying "it is very important that in public discourse, when aspirations are articulated by individuals or states, they should not be seen from the terminology of threat."

Banerjee`s demand has come at a time when government`s top priority is to get the Finance Bill passed, which would complete the exercise of the passage of the Union Budget 2012-2013.

Passage of any cut motion to the demands for grants is considered the defeat of the government. For the passage of the budget, all grants have to be passed.

PTI