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Differences with Trinamool will be sorted out: Pranab

Special Correspondent

Mamata expresses her displeasure over not being consulted

KOLKATA: Any “misunderstanding” with the Trinamool Congress leadership that may have been arisen over the Centre’s decision to help the West Bengal government to combat violence will be sorted out through discussions, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said in Behrampore in Murshidabad district .

Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed her displeasure over not being consulted on the decision to send security forces to strife-torn Lalgarh.

Misgivings

Mr. Mukherjee said he would talk to Ms. Banerjee to clear her misgivings on the matter, if the need arose.

Asked whether this might affect the alliance between the Congress and the Trinamool, he said Ms. Banerjee herself had discounted any such possibility. “If a State government seeks the assistance of the Centre [to tackle violence] the Centre will provide it within the framework of the Constitution,” Mr. Mukherjee, who is also president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, said.

Violence

Referring to reports of post-poll violence in the State, he said it was “not desirable.” But if the State government failed to take stern measures to check such violence, then the Centre would construe it as a failure on its part to carry out its responsibilities, Mr. Mukherjee said.