Kolkata: Playing down the breakup of the
alliance between Congress and Trinamool Congress for May 30
Kolkata civic body poll, Union Finance minister Pranab
Mukherjee today indicated it would not affect the possibility
of the two parties aligning for next year`s assembly election
in West Bengal.
"We have tried forging an alliance (with Trinamool
Congress) for the civic poll but it did not take place. I am
not blaming anyone. After the civic poll, we can again hold
talks. Civic elections are not the last word," Mukherjee, also
the WBPCC president, told reporters here.
Describing Trinamool Congress as a respected ally of UPA
government, he said it was unfortunate that "we could not
fight together (against CPI-M-led Left Front in civic
"We are working together," he said before hitting the
campaign trail for elections to Kolkata Municipal Corporation
and 81 civic bodies across the state.
The veteran Congress leader, who discussed the civic
polls with state Congress leaders at his residence earlier in
the day, said the Lok Sabha and assembly polls decided the
government at the Centre and the state and there was no reason
to equate the civic polls with it.