strongKolkata/strong: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee may have taken an seemingly uncompromising stand on the fuel and retail issues by withdrawing support to the UPA, but some of her party leaders feel a call from the topmost Congress leadership could still provide a compromise formula.
An increase in the number of subsidised cylinders per household and a cut in the diesel price hike could hold the key to that patchup and save the government.
First (UPA and Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi or (prime minister) Manmohan Singh should call her. We are all waiting for that,'' a senior Trinamool leader holding a ministerial post told IANS, requesting that he be not identified because of the sensitivity of the current political situation.
While announcing her party's decision Tuesday to quit the ruling coalition, Banerjee gave it a lifeline. She said the Trinamool would reconsider its decision if the government took back its decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, cut the hiked diesel prices by Rs.3, and raised the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders each household can get in a year to 12.
He said these measures were necessary to protect the middle class and poor, her main constituency.
We are not sure whether the Congress would agree to blink on the FDI in multi-brand retail issue, because it would involve a tremendous loss of face for the prime minister both internationally and also in the domestic front. The business sentiments will be affected. In this scenario, finding a compromise formula on this matter would be difficult if not outright impossible,' the leader confided.
On the contrary, Banerjee has given the UPA a way out on the more doable cooking gas and diesel price fronts.
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