Special Correspondent

Kolkata: The Congress will not need Left support as it will be able to form the government at the Centre on its own, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee told journalists here on Sunday.

She said the “alliance” between her party and the Congress would remain intact and there was no question of her going with either the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “Going with the CPI(M) is impossible. Going with the BJP is also impossible,” she said.

On Rahul’s remark

Asked to comment on the recent remark of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi that he was confident that the Left parties would support a government headed by Manmohan Singh, Ms. Banerjee said: “He is a young boy…I do not believe that the Congress is very keen to go with the CPI(M) [in a post-poll arrangement].”

On whether she would be a Minister in the event of the Congress forming the government and the Trinamool Congress being a part of it, she said such matters were best left till later.

“We will be happy if the Congress forms the government. Definitely we will give it all support….the Trinamool Congress will always play a constructive role in forming a stable, progressive and secular government,” she said.

Ms. Banerjee was critical of CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat’s reminders at rallies here on Saturday of her being a Minister in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government.

“Why did he go to meet Naveen Patnaik, Chandrababu Naidu and Jayalalithaa who were all with the NDA? They [the CPI(M)] have to rectify themselves first. Charity begins at home. They are not our advisers,” she said.