Will be in UPA as long as we get respect: Mamata

Notwithstanding the failure of alliance with Congress for the civic polls in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said her party would be in UPA government at the Centre as long as "we get the minimum respect".

Updated: May 12, 2010, 21:58 PM IST

Kolkata: Notwithstanding the failure of
alliance with Congress for the civic polls in West Bengal,
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said her party
would be in the UPA government at the Centre as long as "we
get the minimum respect".

"We are in the UPA government. We will be there till we
get the minimum respect and till we are forced out of the
coalition," Banerjee said while kicking off her party`s
election campaign at Shymanbazar here.

Trinamool Congress was in the UPA government on the basis
of its own strength, she said.

Confining herself mainly to CPI-M bashing, the Railway
Minister said if the Marxists were defeated in the ensuing
civic election, Assembly polls in the state would be held
within three months. "You don`t have to wait till 2011" (when
Assembly poll is due).

"We want to drive out the CPI-M. It is our political
fight. We will not surrender to the CPI-M," she asserted.

PTI