New Delhi: On tenterhooks after the
controversy over Railway budget, government could breathe easy
on Friday with the Trinamool Congress dubbing as "tolerable" the
Union Budget 2012-13 and making it clear that it was "not in a
"The budget is tolerable", said Trinamool leader Sudip
Bandhopadhyay. The Trinamool Congress is the second largest
constituent in UPA with its 19 MPs.
At the same time Bandopadhyay wanted that the government
should ensure the prices of fertiliser and kerosene should not
be allowed to raise due to any de-control.
The Trinamool Congress, he said, will coordinate with MPs
from Kerala and Punjab in Parliament to seek moratorium for
three years on the debt to states noting that West Bengal was
paying Rs 22000 crore on loan repayment.
However, Bandopadhyay stressed that his party was not in
a confrontationist mode.
"We are not in a confrontationist mode. We want the
interest of the poor people to be protected," he said after
the budget was presented in Lok Sabha.
Though feeling that the budget was "status quoist",
Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed counterbalanced his
statement by saying it is also the one that gives "Na Khushi
Na Gum (Neither happines nor sorrow)".