New Delhi: After the sharp criticism from NCP chief Sharad Pawar and former Union Minister TR Baalu’s, the concern expressed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over inflation and corruption has left the Manmohan Singh led Union Government in a tight spot. The issue becomes even more worrisome as Trinamool Congress is the second biggest ally in the United Progressive Alliance. 

In a meeting with the PM, Banerjee expressed his concern over inflation and called for steps to check the soaring price rates. In addition, she also raised the issue of bringing back the blackmoney stashed in foreign banks.

Banerjee met the PM to discuss state related issues but did not fail to give her views on blackmoney and corruption.

Meanwhile, she also expressed her displeasure over Left’s false campaigning against her in the state. In the first week of November, the Left is planning to hold a seven-day campaign against her. Whereas, Communist Party of India (M) leaders across the country observed a day long fast in protest of inflation and delay in evolving a Lokpal mechanism.

CPI general secretary AB Bardhan, sat on a hunger strike in Delhi itself. In such condition, Mamata has indirectly held Congress responsible for inflation. Banerjee maintained that even during her tenure as a Railway Minister she had made her stand clear on the issue of blackmoney.

Earlier, Pawar and Baalu had termed UPA (II) as a weak government.

(JPN/ Bureau)