Kolkata: In what would come as a relief for the Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid to rest all speculation of a possible withdrawal of her party’s support to the UPA.
According to a leading West Bengal based newspaper, Banerjee has categorically stated that she is not a ‘traitor’ and is not in favour of breaking ties with Congress.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief is also said to be upset with her party member and Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who had created a furore by his remarks on mid-term polls. However, the minister had later clarified by saying that the comments were his personal views.
Mamata has been loggerheads with the UPA over various issue like FDI and fuel prices.
Meanwhile, media and political circles are abuzz with the possibility of formation of a Third Front by the regional parties, including the TMC, after a good show by them in recent polls.
Political observers feel after its poor showing in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa, the Congress would now be more dependent on the Trinamool - which has 20 MPs in the Lok Sabha and six in the Rajya Sabha.