A day after the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance trounced the ruling Left Front in the West Bengal Assembly elections, Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee met Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee here on Saturday.

Mr. Mukherjee was accompanied by senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed who is in charge of West Bengal affairs. The meeting, was held at the residence of Mr. Mukherjee here. Ms. Banerjee was accompanied by two of her MPs.

Talking to journalists later Mr. Mukherjee said, he discussed with Ms. Banerjee the all round development that the new government was planning to bring in the State. He said the election results proved the success of the alliance which was struck on very pragmatic grounds.

Mr. Mukherjee said: “The alliance will stay. The Pradesh Congress has already assured all help and we will try to work for West Bengal's holistic development.”

Ms. Banerjee told journalists that she would go to New Delhi along with Mr. Mukherjee to extend the official invitation to the Congress high command for the swearing in ceremony to be held on May 18

With the State reeling under a severe financial crunch, Ms. Banerjee is also expected to broach that topic with the Union Finance Minister to secure a financial package.

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