Pranab hits out at Trinamool for tie-up collapse

WBPCC chief Pranab Mukherjee today hit out at Trinamool Congress, holding it responsible for collapse of the alliance with between them in the upcoming civic election in the city.

Last Updated: May 12, 2010, 00:16 AM IST

Kolkata: WBPCC chief Pranab Mukherjee today
hit out at Trinamool Congress, holding it responsible for
collapse of the alliance with between them in the upcoming
civic election in the city.

"We had made a minimum demand (seat-sharing for civic
bodies)...Alliance is forged to increase and consolidate one`s
strength. But if someone means it to liquidate the party, then
we have to wind up the party," Mukherjee said.

"If anyone prefers to ignore the 126-year-old Indian
National Congress, let it do so. The Britishers too sought to
ignore us, but could not," he said.

In an apparent reference to TC`s reaping "rich dividend"
out of the alliance with Congress in the last Lok Sabha
elections where it won 19 seats, Mukherjee said, "Kindly
remember that its the people who came in support for the
alliance. Voters were in favour of this alliance politically..
We made the alliance in greater political interest."

He said the civic body poll issue could not be equated
with that of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

"It is a non-political act to equate bigger polls with
that of civic body polls," he said.

The Union Finance Minister criticised the ruling left
front for not forming a Finance Commission for the state and
alleged that it had not allocated any fund raised from toll
tax, entry tax and income tax to