No alliance with Mamata in near future: Congress

Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) After their recent divorce, the Congress Tuesday said there was no possibility of aligning again with the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in the near future.

“With so much of hostility shown by her (Banerjee) and the way she has been repeatedly attacking the prime minister, I do not think there is any possibility of Mamataji coming back to the Congress alliance in the near future,” Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said here.
Banerjee’s Trinamool last month withdrew support from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government after it initiated economic reforms including allowing overseas investment in retail.
Ahmad also exuded confidence of surviving a parliamentary no-confidence motion which both the Trinamool and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been mulling.
“We have 256 members of our own and have the support of 50 more from various parties. So, we are not at all worried because the magic figure is 275 and we have at least 306 members,” said Ahmad, party general secretary in charge of West Bengal.
“In case a no-confidence motion is brought either by the Trinamool or the BJP, the other will have to support. This will bring to the fore the dual polity of Mamataji who talks secular but supports a communal party,” said Ahmad.
He also mocked at political parties who have been proposing the formation of a third front as opposed to the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.
“A third front cannot be a reality. Because most of the leaders who are talking about the front are too ambitious and anyone becoming a leader of the ambitious lot is difficult,” quipped Ahmad.