Congress to go alone in KMC elections, Mamata blames ally

The Congress Saturday chose to go it alone in Kolkata municipal elections after ally TC left it only 25 of the 141 wards and TC chief Mamata Banerjee accused the alliance partner of being responsible for the breakdown in talks.

Last Updated: May 01, 2010, 22:57 PM IST

Kolkata: The Congress Saturday chose to go it
alone in Kolkata municipal elections after ally Trinamool
Congress left it only 25 of the 141 wards and TC chief Mamata
Banerjee accused the alliance partner of being responsible for
the breakdown in talks over seat-sharing.

Pradesh Congress Working President Pradip Bhattacharya
announced the list of 88 party nominees after clearance
by the party high command following high drama Friday when
presidents of the five district committees of the party had
gone on fast at the PCC headquarters here demanding
`honourable terms` for seat-sharing for the May 30 Kolkata
Municipal Corporation polls.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee accused the
Congress of being responsible for the collapse of the
seat-sharing talks.

"The seats offered to them (Congress) by us followed
discussions with them. But they have broken it (the
understanding)," she said in New Delhi.

However, she said she was not disappointed with the
outcome. "Our fight is against CPI(M). We will continue to do
it."

In an oblique criticism of Congress, she said her party
had alone fought CPI(M) since its inception and no support had
been forthcoming during the movements in Nandigram and Singur and the party`s taking up the cause of computer
graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman who was killed after marrying a Hindu girl.

PTI