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Congress for Coordination Committee in West Bengal

Last Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 22:08

New Delhi: Amid growing strain in ties with
the Mamata Banerjee`s party, Congress is toying with the
idea of seeking a Coordination Committee in West Bengal if the
Trinamool Congress keeps up pressure for such an arrangement
at the Centre.
A senior Congress leader, who declined to be identified,
said that it would not be wrong on the part of the party if it
insists on such a Committee in the Banerjee-ruled West Bengal
if Trinamool lobbies for a coordination mechanism in New

Trinamool Congress is the second largest party in the
UPA after the Congress and had recently created problem for
the government seeking a rollback of the petrol price hike.

In West Bengal, the ties between the Trinamool Congress
and Congress are far from cordial since Banerjee secured power
ousting the Marxists who were entrenched there for over three

There have been growing complaints from state Congress
leaders to the high command about the treatment meted out to
them by Banerjee, who came to power with the support of the
There is a feeling in political circls that the more
Mamata Banerjee ups the ante on contentious issues in the
coming weeks, the more she and other allies will be in a
position to extract their pound of flesh for their continued
support to the UPA government.

While government has now reduced the prices of petrol,
it has ensured that the credit for it does not go the
Trinamool Congress.


First Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 22:08

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