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WB Congress wants to go it alone in Bengal

With the Congress High Command in Delhi building bridges with the CPI-M bosses over the presidential polls, the West Bengal Pradesh Congress finds itself in a  quandary over its alliance with the Trinamool Congress in the state. The two parties - TMC and Congress - had tied the knot for the West Bengal Assembly polls last year and also the Parliamentary elections before it, resulting in landslide victories for the TMC-Congress alliance that toppled the CPI-M from power in 2011.

On Friday the West Bengal Congress legislative party members resolved that it wants go it alone in the state from now on. This has been communicated to the Congress headquarters in Delhi. This does not mean that they are breaking away from the political alliance in the state formally yet.

'We had made truce with the Devil [read TMC] for national interest but the way the TMC has been governing the state is totally highhanded and anti-people. We have officially written to our Delhi headquarters that we do not want to share their wrongdoings any more. We want to fight solo,' senior Pradesh Congress leader Abdul Mannan told Millennium Post.

Mannan explained why. 'The state's coffers are empty. But Mamata Banerjee wants to fete the IPL team. There is huge compensation for victims of deaths and accidents. Why? Very soon, the public will ask us to join hands with the CPI-M and throw out the [TMC] from Bengal', he said.

TMC and Congress have contested the municiapl polls separately in 6 seats. TMC expectedly refused to comment on the issue. The state Congress leaders were also happy that Mukherjee's chances of winning the presidential polls looked bright at the moment.
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