Did not say we will go it alone in Assembly elections: Mamata

TC chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night, in a terse message to Congress, declared that she had not said that her party would contest the West Bengal Assembly elections on its own, but it was for the ally to decide.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010, 22:28 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TC) chief
Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night, in a terse message to Congress,
declared that she had not said that her party would contest
the West Bengal Assembly elections on its own, but it was for
the ally to decide.

"I have not said we will go it alone in the Assembly
elections. But, our options are open. We are a regional party,
the Congress is the larger party. They have to decide," the
Railway minister told PTI here.
"We have proved our strength in the Lok Sabha
and municipal elections," she said, adding, her party`s `main
alliance` was with the people.

On December 20, party secretary general Partha
Chatterjee had referred to the Siliguri Municpal Corporations
elections last year when the Congess had formed the board with
the help of the CPI(M) after contesting the polls in alliance
with the Trinamool Congress.

"We are for alliance. But we are not for the Siliguri
model alliance. If there is alliance, we will welcome it. If
not, we are prepared for election if it is held tomorrow."
In the last Lok Sabha elections, the seat-sharing
between Trinamool Congress and Congress was stitched on the TC
chief`s terms with the Congress given 14 of the 42 seats.

Trinamool had contested 27 seats and left one seat to
another ally, SUCI.

The Trinamool has 19 MPs, the Congress 6 and the SUCI
one from West Bengal.

PTI