‘It is Congress’ prerogative to allocate portfolios’, says Mamata

May 21st, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TC) Chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that it was the Congress’ prerogative to allocate portfolios.

“Let the Congress decide who gets what? We have not made any specific demand. Won’t mind if I don’t get a Cabinet berth,” Banerjee said after attending the meeting of the pre-poll allies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) here.

Mamata, who was unanimously elected leader of the TC parliamentary party on Monday, has already stated that her party would not bargain for portfolios.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel said the seat-sharing deal has not been cracked as yet.

Patel further said that one more round of negotiation is left.

Meanwhile, after a third round of negotiations between the Congress and the DMK, the latter has come up with a demand of three Cabinet berths, two Minister of State with Independent Charge berths and two Minister of State.

The Congress, on the other hand, is willing to give six berths, including two Cabinet berths, three Minister of State berths and one Minister of State with Independent Charge berth.

Earlier, both had arrived at a formula that could end the deadlock over who from the DMK would make it to the Union Cabinet.

The Congress negotiation team comprises Pranab Mukherjee, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, while the DMK team includes M. Karunanidhi, T. R. Balu and others. (ANI)

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