New Delhi: The Central government which is already facing the heat from its second largest ally, the Trinamool Congress, has hinted to backtrack on controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) issue. The TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had opposed the proposal for setting up of the NCTC saying that the proposed mechanism goes against the canons of federalism and could breach the rights of the states guaranteed by the constitution.

Sources said, though a Trinamool Congress amendment to President Pratibha Patil's address seeking deletion of the reference to the controversial matter was rejected in the Lok Sabha, the concerns expressed by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee would be suitably reflected in the Prime Minister's reply to the three-day debate.

It is believed that the TMC’s move seeking amendment to the President's address, which was rejected on technical grounds, could have embarrassed the government in the Parliament.

The unprecedented move of the government was conveyed to Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament on Thursday, the sources said.

It is believed that the move could soothe the ruffled feathers of the crucial UPA ally, which has sought replacement of Dinesh Trivedi as the Railway Minister by Banerjee's close confidante Mukul Roy. TMC leadership is furious with the party MP and Union Railway Minister Trivedi for presenting a Rail Budget without consulting taking its consent.

(JPN/ Bureau)