Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, it seems, is leaving no stone unturned to appease the Congress as she can hardly afford to strain relations with the UPA government.

Singing in the same tune as the Centre, Banerjee in the reply to the letter sent by Union Finance Pranab Mukherjee has said that no one is above the Parliament or the Constitution. She has further said, the corruption matters should be tackled in a constitutional way and not through the Lokpal.

Banerjee’s stand over the Lokpal has however relieved the Congress too. On Mukherjee’s request, the Chief Minister had instructed MP Kalyan Bandyopadhyay to attend the all-party meeting in the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday. 

According to political analyst, taking a stand against Congress may not go in favour of Banerjee. Recently, the Centre has helped the West Bengal government with Rs 23,000 crore to come out of a financial crunch and more funds are likely to be announced soon.

(JPN/ Bureau)