Kolkata: The Congress today stopped short of
announcing its list for the KMC polls and its four leaders
went on a fast demanding an "honourable alliance" with
Trinamool for the civic elections even as WBPCC chief Pranab
Mukherjee said talks were on in this regard.
"It is taking some time to prepare the list. Though it is
a local election based on local issues, it is sometimes
necessary to wait for policy decisions," state Congress
working president Pradip Bhattacharya told reporters at the
PCC headquarters amid reports that party general secretary
in-charge of West Bengal K Keshava Rao was meeting TC chief
Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi to work out a solution.
The four leaders went on a fast here demanding an
"honourable alliance" with TC after airing their grievances on
Trinamool`s unilateral release of its list for the May 30 KMC
polls leaving just 25 of the 141 wards to the Congress.
WBPCC chief Pranab Mukherjee appealed to them to call off
their fast as their demands were "under review" and talks were
on in Delhi.
The fast by four district party chiefs -- Nirbed Roy,
Pradip Ghosh, Santosh Pathak and Pranab Roy -- comes close on
the heels of the vandalising of the WBPCC office on April 24
and 27 by a section of party workers in protest against
"insulting terms" of alliance.
Stating that 25 seats were unacceptable, Congress leader
Pradip Ghosh had said yesterday that his party had prepared
its list of nominees and was awaiting instructions about it
from Pranab Mukherjee.
Meanwhile, hundreds of party supporters thronged the
WBPCC office and shouted slogans demanding an "honourable
settlement" on seat adjustments.
Demanding 51 seats, Roy said he and his colleagues would
be "flexible" if discussions were held on the basis of this
demand. "For the past five years, I have been pitching for
poll alliance. But the alliance should not be such that it
brings down the dignity of the party," he said.
Accusing Trinamool Congress of dragging the Congress in a
battle of Kurukshetra, Roy said, "If Congress is forced to
unilaterally declare its nominees, the Trinamool will have to
take the responsibility for it."
According to Congress sources, Keshav Rao will hold
another round of talks with the TC chief and demand 10 more
"winnable" seats over the 25 already conceded to it by the