Kolkata: The tiff between the Trinamool Congress and the Centre is far from over as in nine months of her tenure as West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has clashed with the Central government on eight occasions. Seven times the Trinamool supremo has been successful in pressurising the Centre to meet her demands; the debate on the eighth issue is over the National Counter Terrorism Centre which is yet to be resolved.

When Chief Minister Banerjee uprooted 34 years of left rule in West Bengal by registering landslide victory in last April, little did she know that the Centre will divert from its promises made to her.

Differences between both the parties escalated after Mamata’s demand for a special economic package for the state from the Centre. The issue is yet to be resolved. She had also threatened to walk out of the Congress-led UPA alliance if the Centre refused to withdraw the hike in oil prices.

The rift widened further as Mamata launched a scathing attack on the Union Government over Teesta water dispute which remains unsolved till date and refused to accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his Dhaka visit in September, 2011 to resolve the issue.

She also opposed the Land Acquisition Bill compelling Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to visit Kolkata four times to sort out the differences.

Citing the Centre’s policy of introducing FDI in the retail sector as an anti-people move, Banerjee launched protests against the UPA government forcing it to retreat from its decision.

Moreover, after supporting the government’s Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha, the Trinamool Congress opposed it in the Rajya Sabha resulting in its failure to become a law.

Also, the Centre had no option but to cave in under the pressure created by Mamata on the issue of hiking coal prices.