New Delhi: With Trinamool Congress notching
up an impressive win in West Bengal civic polls, the Congress
Wednesday said fighting local bodies elections separately would
have no impact on their tie-up at state and national levels.
"Parties fight local bodies’ polls separately and that
does not influence their tie-ups at state or central levels.
Our alliance with the Trinamool Congress at both these levels
"TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is a part of the UPA and we
will contest the next Assembly Elections (in West Bengal)
together," AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
Echoing similar views, party spokesperson Shakeel
Ahmed said Banerjee`s party has been a very dependable and
strong ally of the UPA and the Congress-Trinamool alliance
He dismissed suggestions of the Congress going soft on
the Left saying "there is no question of coming close to the
Left. We are fighting against Left`s misrule in West Bengal
for the past so many years. Our alliance with Banerjee both at
central and state levels is very strong."
Asked about the poor show of the Congress in the civic
polls, Ahmed said the party would assess its performance in
On the possibility of any understanding with the CPI-M
in those civic bodies where the mandate has been fractured,
Ahmed said no such possibility appears in sight now as the
party is against CPI-M`s misrule.