Mamata meets Sonia; Fuel price hike on agenda?

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the latter's residence. Though the reason for the meeting is not yet known - Mamata declined to speak to reporters after the meeting - it is believed that Mamata expressed her unhappiness over the recent fuel price hike, a speculation that strengthened after the new Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy met Sonia soon after Mamata left.

But Reddy described the visit as a courtesy call.

"These decisions are taken at the level of the cabinet. I did not get an opportunity to raise this issue with the Congress president", said Reddy.

Mamata's meeting with Sonia comes after the firebrand Trinamool leader shot off a letter to the Prime Minister this week asking for a review of the petroleum pricing policy.

Interestingly, she is also a member of the Group of Ministers(GoM) that freed petrol pricing last June.But, the latest hike seems to be hurting her politically what with assembly elections in West Bengal just a few months away.