Describing the recent tiff with Mamata Banerjee's party
as "internal matter" of the alliance, Congress spokesperson
Rashid Alvi expressed confidence that the issue would be
sorted out soon.
He also downplayed NCP chief Sharad Pawar's ultimatum for
an immediate decision on seat sharing for the Mumbai civic
Alvi also signalled that Congress is willing to reach out
to the allies saying that if there is any proposal for a UPA
Coordination Committee, it will definitely be considered.
"Mamata is our ally, our alliance partner. This is an
internal issue. It has not happened for the first time. When
there is an alliance with other parties, differences of view
points do exist. We will sort it out soon," Alvi said.
Asked whether the party feels the need for a UPA
coordination committee so that alliance partners function in
more cordial atmosphere, Alvi said regular interactions do
take place among allies and "if any such proposal comes before
the government, the government will definitely consider it."
The AICC reaction came on a day when Trinamool Congress
today, for the first time, publicly asked Congress to choose
its manner of exit from the alliance in West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee
also alleged that Congress and CPI(M) had ganged up against
the chief minister to stall developments in agriculture and
industry in the state initiated by her.
New Delhi: Congress on Monday chose not to get
provoked despite the Trinamool Congress daring it to walk out
of the alliance in West Bengal and NCP's ultimatum on the
Mumbai civic polls and hoped all matters would be resolved
through discussion and dialogue.
First Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 22:27