Mamata to hold talks with Sonia on govt formation

Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 09:12

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will hold discussions with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday on government formation in West Bengal, where she will take charge as chief minister.

Banerjee, who along with Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee arrived here from Kolkata late Sunday night, will also
meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Issues of government formation in West Bengal and
Banerjee`s successor in the Railway Ministry are expected to
be discussed by the leaders.

The TMC wants ally Congress to join the government in
West Bengal.

Banerjee had invited Congress to join the new
government to be headed by her in West Bengal but Mukherjee
said, "We will take a final decision after discussions with
the Congress high command. The decision will be disclosed at
the appropriate time."

The Trinamool Congress last night formally staked claim
to form the next government in West Bengal shortly after
Banerjee was unanimously elected Leader of the Trinamool
Congress Legislature Party (TCLP).

Banerjee will invite the Prime Minister and the
Congress president to the swearing-in ceremony, the date of
which has not been announced yet. Reports however said the swearing-in
might take place on May 20.

Congress has already given a letter of support to the
party.

The Trinamool Congress stormed to power in alliance
with the Congress and SUCI on Friday with three-fourths
majority, ending 34 years of Left Front rule in West Bengal.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 09:12

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