Cong chief talks of alliance itch again

After a lull in the straining of ties between the two parties,the Congress has said that their “voice does not sustain” in the Trinamool Congress-led government and the party had a “right to grow on its own strength.”

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 27, 2012 5:15 am

After a lull in the straining of ties between the two parties,the Congress has said that their “voice does not sustain” in the Trinamool Congress-led government and the party had a “right to grow on its own strength.”

“A 127-year-old party has the right to grow on its own strength. It need not play second fiddle to any other party,” said WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacherjee.

“In the cabinet,we are so negligible that our voice does not sustain,” he said. The Congress has “supported” the government on several issues,including the handling of the situation after the AMRI hospital fire,Gorkhaland demand and the problems in Maoist- affected Junglemahal,he said.

“But,this is virtually a Trinamool Congress government. Congress is a small part of the government. Basic policy and other decisions are taken by the Trinamool Congress and being implemented by the Trinamool Congress. Congress’ say is negligible,” Bhattacharjee said.

He said Congress ministers attended meetings of the council of ministers,“but so far I know Congress has no big role in the opinion-making process. So opinion is taken by the Trinamool Congress unilaterally,both in the Ministry and the party level,which creates confusion.”

The relations between the two parties strained after they bickered over issues such as paddy prices,the renaming of Indira Bhavan and a cabinet reshuffle leaving ministers of the ally with reduced powers.

“Three months ago we requested the Trinamool Congress to form a co-ordination committee in the state so that we can sit and find a solution to the problems that crop up time to time between two parties. But our request was not heeded to,” Bhattacharjee said.

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