Kolkata: The Food Security Bill, the most ambitious project of the Congress-led UPA government, has stirred up the political landscape. After the protest of the ruling dispensations in Bihar and Odisha, Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has also stood against the present version of the Bill.

The Trinamool Congress, a major ally of UPA government, has taken umbrage at the present format of the Food Security Bill, stating that it would amplify the financial burden on the government exchequer.

According to sources, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, observing the adverse effects of the Bill, has asked her MPs to oppose it, which is to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Notably, the Central Government had faced wrath from Banerjee on several occasions including the Pension Bill and introduction of Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector. The dissenting voice of Mamata cajoled the Centre into taking back its decision on FDI in retail. Moreover, rift in the coalition government was also clearly visible when prices of petrol were hiked recently.

The state government had sought for financial assistance from the Centre on several occasions but to no avail, that might have made Mamata Banerjee face off the Centre.

JPN/Bureau