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Cong leaving TMC will not affect WB govt: Hakim

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 23:01

Kolkata: Amid the ongoing spat between the Trinamool Congress and its electoral ally Congress in West Bengal, a senior minister on Thursday dared the Congress to leave the government, saying it would have no effect as the TC had two-thirds majority in the state.
``If we leave the government at the Centre, it will
fall. But we want it to continue. If the Congress leaves us in
West Bengal, it will not affect the state government as we
have two-third majority here,`` state Urban Development and
Municipal Affairs Minister Firad Hakim told newsmen.

Without naming Adhir Chowdhury who had criticised Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee for deciding to set up a Nazrul
Academy at Indira Bhavan, he said, ``a leader in Murshidabad
and the Congress are acting like poet Kalidas. They are
cutting the same branch that they are sitting on. But they
must realize that they are for us. We are not for them.``

Hakim said a section of Congress leaders were inducting
anti-socials in the party to foment violence in the state as
more Congressmen were leaving the party.

He said that the Congress agitating over the Indira
Bhavan issue was only strengthening the Left Front. ``If they
had anything to say on this, the PCC chief or the Congress
ministers could have met the Chief Minister. They did not have
any such agitation during the Left Front rule.``
The Congress has never cared to observe the birth or
death anniversary of Indira Gandhi at the Bhavan so far, he


First Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 23:01
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