New Delhi: On the eve of her meeting with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress on Tuesday downplayed
Mamata Banerjee`s opposition to NCTC insisting that it was
"not unnatural" for the West Bengal Chief Minister to have
"She is president of her party and Chief Minister. She has
some concerns and I don`t think it is unnatural or
unwarranted," Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed, who is
in charge of party affairs in West Bengal, told reporters.
Ahmed was asked whether Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress
is a key constituent of the ruling UPA, was acting as an
opposition leader by raking up several issues, including
objection to the NCTC.
"Differences of opinion among allies is not uncommon in
this part of the world. If two alliance partners discuss and a
way ahead is found, it is always good," he said dismissing
suggestions that the strains between the party and Trinamool
Congress have grown.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, speaking
separately, said it was unlikely that Banerjee would raise any
issue pertaining to his ministry as it was quick to grant
sanction to proposals from the state.
"If there are any other political issue, it is between
Mamata, the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister," he said.
A senior Congress leader, who declined to be identified,
suggested that there was unlikely to be much cordiality in
ties with Trinmool Congress in the near future "given
Banerjee`s habit of creating one problem after another" for
the Centre and Congress.
Seeking to step up her campaign on the Farakka barrage
broken sluice gates issue which she claimed allowed "excess"
Ganges water flow to Bangladesh, Banerjee would flag her
concern at her meeting with the Prime Minister.