Kolkata: All is not well in the abode of the UPA coalition as differences between the Congress and its largest ally Trinamool Congress continue to persist over a host of issues.

Be it the Land Acquisition Bill, Teesta water division or the Communal Violence Bill, the Centre and Mamata-led party have appeared miles apart from a common consent.

With Mamata opposing the recent hike in petrol prices and Food Security Bill, the TMC leader is surely giving tough time to the Centre.

In order to break an ice with the West Bengal Chief Minister, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni held a meeting with Mamata at Writers’ Building on behalf of the Prime Minister on Friday.

As per sources, though Soni tried to clear some air on the Teesta agreement, Mamata expressed strong objection to the fuel hike without consulting her.

Talking to the reporters after the meeting, Soni said, “We had a satisfactory discussion on the all-round development in West Bengal and the Centre will cooperate in it by all means. She has expressed concern on some issues including the hike in petrol prices and Teesta agreement.”

Soni assured Mamata that the Centre will not arrive on a decision on Teesta without consulting her and will convey all her concerns on a spate of issues to the Prime Minister.

JPN/Bureau