Bad PM, bad! Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee -- a key ally for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government -- blew a gasket over a surprise hike in petrol prices on Thursday.
But so far it's all bark and no bite, as she also said she won't withdraw support for the government, FirstPost.in reports.
“It is all financial mismanagement. We don’t know what the economic situation is. They don’t discuss with us,” a visibly upset Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata, according to the website.
“We would not withdraw support because this would be another economic burden on the country. Only for economic and political stability we will support the government. But support does not mean we won’t protest.”
That's like waving a gun after showing everybody it isn't loaded. But it may nevertheless head off further moves to raise prices on diesel and kerosene.