TMC threatens to quit UPA

The six Union ministers of the Trinamool Congress on Monday evening threatened to quit the United Progressive Alliance over the manner in which the issue of the coalition’s Presidential candidate was handled.

Earlier, there was buzz that the ministers had already submitted their resignations to TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, but Sudip Bandopadhyay said that reports of Trinamool Congress’ Union ministers resigning baseless and untrue.

He, however, added that said that all the TMC ministers in the central government are ‘mentally prepared’ to resign if the need arises. Mamata Banerjee will take the final decision on the resignations, he added.

The Trinamool Congress will take appropriate decision at appropriate time on the Presidential polls, but added that the TMC was not for toppling UPA government.

The UPA and the TMC have been fighting a very vocal and public battle over the choice of the Presidential candidate, with TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposing the UPA’s nominee Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for the top job.

Banerjee with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had on last Wednesday had suggested former President APJ Abdul Kalam as presidential candidate. But, she found herself isolated among UPA allies when Yadav backed UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee immediately after his name was announced on Friday.

Banerjee, however, kept on insisting on Kalam, even though the former President released a statement earlier in the day saying that he will not contest the Presidential poll.



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