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Fresh Rift Between UPA, TMC

NEW DELHI: Yet another fault-line has opened between the UPA and its mercurial ally the Trinamool Congress. This time it is over the June 30 deadline set by the I&B Ministry for changing Cable

Published: 19th April 2012 02:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:37 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Yet another fault-line has opened between the UPA and its mercurial ally the Trinamool Congress. This time it is over the June 30 deadline set by the I&B Ministry for changing Cable TV delivery system to digital. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata banerjee is not ready to comply with the deadline or so says her Minister of Urban Development Firhad Hakim.

He accused the Centre of hatching a conspiracy to destablise the law and order situation of Kolkata, through this move. But I&B Minister Ambika Soni is not amused. She found the reaction from Mamata Banerjee Government extremely surprising, more so because her junior minister belongs to Trinamool. “I have read a news item about our colleagues from Bengal. I am surprised because my minister of state is from the Trinamool Congress and he himself is fully on board and has answered questions on the consultative committee we had. The idea is to carry the country with us on this reform measure in the broadcasting sector,” Soni said.



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