If Congress wants, they can leave: Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) If the Congress wants to go with the Marxists ‘the door is open’, an angry Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Saturday, terming the protests of the Congress against her government an act of vengeance as the Trinamool had opposed various policies of the central government.

‘The Congress is doing these protests on these small issues by colluding with the Marxists because Trinamool did not agree with decision of FDI in retail, Lokayukta provision in Lokpal bill and price rise. If the Congress wants to go with CPI-M they can go, the door is open for them, but if Congress and CPI-M work together in the state they won’t get Trinamool beside them,’ said Banerjee addressing reporters here.

‘The Congress is afraid because we (Trinamool) have decided to fight in Uttar Pradesh (polls) and Manipur (polls), that is why they are so much worried and are carrying on these planted games,’ said Banerjee.

Banerjee’s comment came a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in an apparent reference to the Trinamool Congress, said he was confident that ‘temporary problems’ with the allies would be overcome.