New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
on Tuesday said he was confident that Congress and Trinamool
Congress will contest next year`s assembly elections in West
Bengal jointly even though the two parties are going to fight
separately in coming civic polls.
He said past experience has shown that Left parties gained
if Congress and Trinamool Congress contested polls separately
in West Bengal.
"I am quite confident that there would be seat adjustment
in assembly elections... we will be able to have alliance
(with TMC) in assembly elections," Mukherjee told NDTV.
Rejecting speculation that the two parties may contest
the assembly polls separately, he said "one cannot come to the
conclusion that there would be no alliance just because we did
not have alliance in civic body elections."
He contented that the nature of a civic poll is totally
different from assembly or parliamentary elections. "They are
a different type of elections," Mukherjee said.
On the advantage of contesting elections together, he said
"two sides of a triangle is always bigger than the third
Whether he is angry with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
for taking a direct swipe at him, he said "I cannot afford to
be angry with anybody... my responsibility is to ensure that
the coalition functions."
On possible break up with TMC, he said "I am not ruling
out any eventuality. But as of today, I do not see why there
cannot be any adjustment in assembly elections".
Whether he is fed up with Mamata, he said "not at all."