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Trinamool will go solo in next Lok Sabha polls: Derek O’Brien

Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was not ruling out a future alliance with former partner Trinamool Congress, party MP Derek O’Brien on Sunday said they would prefer to go it alone in the next Lok Sabha polls, as the people of the state were firmly behind them.

‘The people of Bengal are with us. They have supported us overwhelmingly in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the 2011 Assembly polls, in the bypolls and for the recent Panchayat polls.

‘In the Panchayat polls, the party fought against Congress, BJP and CPI(M) and won 13 out of 17 districts. So, sir, Thank You, but no thanks,’ said O’Brien when asked to respond to Singh’s statement.

‘We would prefer to go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls.

Our supremo Mamata Banerjee has already called upon regional parties to come together after the polls to form a government.

A government which will be corruption-free and pro-people,’ said O’Brien.

Asked whether Congress would look to form an alliance with Trinamool for the upcoming Parliamentary polls, Singh had said: ‘In politics, there are no permanent enemies and permanent friends. And in many ways, a week in politics is sometimes an unusually long period of time... So, I don’t rule out, for example, alliances.’
After the break up with Congress, Banerjee had issued a clarion call for all non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties to come together and form a Federal Front. Meanwhile, describing the killing of Indian author Sushmita Banerjee in Afghanistan as ‘condemnable’ and ‘unfortunate’, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her government has asked the central government to bring her body back to Kolkata.
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