New Delhi: Rough edges have developed in
relations between the state`s ruling coalition partners
Trinamool Congress and Congresss, less than four months after
they had joined hands in ousting West Bengal`s Left Front from
power in the state.
A section of PCC in West Bengal is prodding the party`s
national leadership that the party should go it alone in next
panchayat polls in 2013, given the stand of Trinamool towards
A delegation, consisting of some MLAs, district
presidents and a handful of PCC general secretaries, had met
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi here yesterday with their
complaints against Trinamool.
The delegation also had meetings with Congress Working
Committee member in charge of West Bengal Shakeel Ahmed here
as also AICC General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi to place the
demand for going it alone in next panchayat poll and complain
about alleged poaching by Trinamool on Congress` workers and
the fight across the state over party offices.
At AICC briefings, party spokespersons have downplayed
the differences, maintaining everything could be sorted
out through talks.
Banerjee had recently opposed the proposed Teesta
river water-sharing accord with Bangladesh and refused to
accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his visit to that
Despite her party being part of the Congress-led UPA at
the Centre, Mamata did not attend Saturday`s meeting of the
National Integration Council here and her party also opposed
certain provisions of the proposed bill against communal
violence drafted by Sonia Gandhi-led NAC.