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Pranab stands by Ahmed`s TMC spat

Pranab Mukherjee said that Shakeel Ahmed had made clear the party`s stand over its differences with ally Trinamool Congress on renaming Indira Bhavan.



Kolkata: Union Finance Minister and
senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that AICC
general secretary Shakeel Ahmed had made clear the party`s
stand over its differences with ally Trinamool Congress on the
issue of renaming Indira Bhavan.

"Shakeel Ahmed is the AICC general secretary in-charge
of West Bengal. He has said what he had to on the Indira
Bhavan issue, that is enough," Mukherjee told newspersons
here when asked to comment on the spat between the allies over
the Indira Bhavan issue.

Ahmed yesterday said in New Delhi that Mamata was a
`valued ally` and stressed that no party leader ever said that
Congress would dump Trinamool Congress after the Uttar Pradesh
elections.

The AICC has asked its leaders in West Bengal not to
use harsh words against Trinamool workers and also appealed to
workers from the latter to reciprocate.

Home Minister P Chidambaram also said in New Delhi
that the government would consult all UPA allies, including
Trinamool Congress, to ensure that crucial bills are passed.

Mukherjee also parried comment on the recent incidents
of violence in colleges, saying, "It is the state government`s
matter. The state government will say if it has anything to
say, I have nothing to say."

PTI

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