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Mamata meets Sonia, explains TC's stand

March 10, 2010 21:45 IST

A day after the Trinamool Congress abstained from voting on women's reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha, party supremo Mamata Banerjee tonight met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and explained her party's stand.

Banerjee and her party leader and Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi held a 45-minute meeting with Sonia at her residence, which was described as "very positive".

Contacted, Trinamool chief whip in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay said Mamata explained to Sonia her party's position on the issue.

Sonia had last night expressed surprise at Trinamool Congress' abstention after pointing out that Mamata was initially very enthusiastic about the Bill at a meeting of the union cabinet.

TC has been maintaining that the "sentiments" of the minorities should be incorporated in the women's quota bill.
It has not yet made clear what stand it would take when the legislation comes up for consideration in the Lok Sabha.

The railway minister was apparently stung by a Congress member's remarks today in the Rajya Sabha that some ministers were "not obeying" the discipline of the government.

After the remark was made during a debate on the Railway Budget, Banerjee left the House briefly with BJP member S S Ahluwalia.

Earlier in the day today, Banerjee attributed her party's abstention from voting on the Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha to a "communication gap" and said she was committed to the Constitutional amendment.

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