New Delhi: Sending a blunt message to
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Congress on Friday said
any alliance with the party for next year`s assembly elections
in West Bengal should be on the "basis of honour".
It also hinted that the reported jibes at Rahul Gandhi
by the Trinamool leader have not gone down well with it.
"An alliance should be an alliance with honour is the
essential philosophy of Congress wherever it is going for seat
sharing or tie up in the country," party spokesman Manish
Tewari told reporters.
Besides, he said the Congress respected the simplicity
of the Railway Minister and "we also expect that she respected
simplicity of other people in the polity".
Tewari`s remarks came in reply to questions whether
the Congress was adopting `let bygones be bygones` attitude
while having an alliance with Mamata`s party in the backdrop
of her remarks critical of Gandhi as also projecting herself
as an icon of simplicity who wears slippers and does not do
politics from "bed of gold".
Referring to Gandhi`s sudden forays in West Bengal,
Mamata had recently likened him to a "seasonal flower" and a
"cuckoo", which had prompted sharp reactions from state
Congress leaders who warned that the alliance could be
jeopardised if she continued to "insult our top leaders".
Trinamool Congress is the biggest ally of the Congress
in the UPA having the largest number of members in the Lok
Sabha in the ruling alliance after Congress. The two parties
had contested the Lok Sabha elections together.
West Bengal Congress leaders have already questioned
Mamata`s "sense of propriety and civility".
WBPCC president Manas Bhuniya had launched a scathing
attack on her. "Repeated remarks made by some of our friends
about a leader of Rahul Gandhi`s stature only cast serious
doubts on their education, sense of propriety, grooming and
"The Congress was always for throwing the CPI(M) out
of Bengal and would go any distance to do so. But nothing can
happen at the cost of our dignity and honour," was Bhuniya`s