Though it had led the demand for a UPA Coordination Committee,the Trinamool Congress,the second largest partner in the ruling alliance,stayed away from its first meeting on Wednesday.
This was because,senior MP Kunal Ghosh said,party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her second-in-command,Railway Minister Mukul Roy,were touring the Maoist-affected Junglemahal area in West Bengal.
There is no question of boycott or communication gap. The UPA invited Mamata Banerjee but because of her Junglemahal tour,she conveyed that she would not be able to attend. We will definitely attend the next meeting, Ghosh said.
Sources in the Trinamool said that considering the importance of the first meeting,the party had been decided that Mamata should attend it. When she could not,no one else was picked to attend though senior MPs were in town.
Now on,however,the sources in the party said,Mamata would send a senior MP to the meetings of the committee.
In the past,the Trinamool Congress has been the most vocal among the UPA allies in criticising the government for what it called the Congresss unilateral decisions on several policy matters.