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Updated: October 1, 2009 19:55 IST

Issue over Siliguri mayor’s election trivial: Congress

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The Hindu

Congress on Thursday dismissed as trivial its differences with Trinamool Congress over the mayor’s election in Siliguri in West Bengal, despite Mamata Banerjee terming as “betrayal” its joining hands with the Left for the post.

“This is a small and trivial issue. The decision might have been taken locally. State and district leadership of Congress will look into the matter,” Party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad told reporters when asked about the issue.

Earlier, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee reacted sharply to the development saying “this is an unholy alliance between Congress and CPI(M)”

“It is a money game,” Ms. Banerjee told a news channel, alleging that it was a “betrayal of trust of the people” by Congress.

She said, “I am certain that the Congress high command was aware of this ... this is an unholy alliance between Congress and CPI(M). This has once again proved that Congress and Left Front are still in league“.

Mr. Ahmad, however said, “as far as West Bengal is concerned, we have a firm alliance with Mamataji.”

“We had together defeated CPI(M) in Lok Sabha elections and hopefully we would contest assembly elections also in alliance with Trinamool Congress and will be able to defeat the Left.”



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