Congress for Coordination Committee in West Bengal



New Delhi: Amid growing strain in ties with the Mamata Banerjee's party, Congress is toying with the idea of seeking a Coordination Committee in West Bengal if the Trinamool Congress keeps up pressure for such an arrangement at the Centre.

A senior Congress leader, who declined to be identified, said that it would not be wrong on the part of the party if it insists on such a Committee in the Banerjee-ruled West Bengal if Trinamool lobbies for a coordination mechanism in New Delhi.

Trinamool Congress is the second largest party in the UPA after the Congress and had recently created problem for the government seeking a rollback of the petrol price hike.

In West Bengal, the ties between the Trinamool Congress and Congress are far from cordial since Banerjee secured power ousting the Marxists who were entrenched there for over three decades.

There have been growing complaints from state Congress leaders to the high command about the treatment meted out to them by Banerjee, who came to power with the support of the Congress.

There is a feeling in political circls that the more Mamata Banerjee ups the ante on contentious issues in the coming weeks, the more she and other allies will be in a position to extract their pound of flesh for their continued support to the UPA government.

While government has now reduced the prices of petrol, it has ensured that the credit for it does not go the Trinamool Congress.

PTI