Cong downplays TMC staying away from both Houses

Congress downplayed the issue of UPA ally TMC absenting itself from both Houses of Parliament as government battled opposition over NCTC.

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday downplayed the
issue of UPA ally Trinamool absenting itself from both Houses
of Parliament as government battled opposition over NCTC with
the help of Samajawadi Party and BSP which did the rescue act.

"In a coalition arrangement every political party does
not come from same understanding of an issue. Divergence does
not essentially mean disconsonance in coalition as some try to
project," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.

Tewari at the same time insisted that Congress treated
all its allies with extreme sensitivity and utmost regard when
told about TMC`s allegation that it was not consulted by the
government on many issues.

"The suggestion of allies are taken on every important
issue. Effort is being taken to build a consensus. If
consensus does not emerge on any issues, the best possible
decision is taken in that eventuality. This is how a coalition
government is run," he said.

To a question as to how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
agreed to Mukul Roy as Railway Minister as he had earlier
allegedly declined the proposal and Dinesh Trivedi was made
minister, Tewari said in a coalition government, the view of
an ally is taken if the minister has to be from that party.

The party also dismissed BJP charges that the government
brought the SP and BSP on board by holding CBI as a threat and
attacked the Opposition for its "double standard" on the issue
of the investigation agency.

He said Samajwadi Party had been supporting the
government from the very beginning and hoped that the
"constructive support" given by SP and other parties will
continue even in future.

Tewari said the party has been maintaining that the
government should talk to Chief Minister on NCTC since they
have raised certain concerns.

He said the matter should be left to rest as the Prime
Minister has assured he will hold consultations with the
states and nothing will be done which undermines the federal


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