Bengal Congress ministers to quit Mamata ministry

September 21st, 2012 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) Shortly after the union ministers from the Trinamool Congress hand over their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress ministers in the West Bengal government will put in their papers, a top Congress leader said here Friday.

“They are scheduled to hand over their resignation around 3 p.m. I am contacting our ministers. By 4 p.m. we will come to know whether the Trinamool ministers have resigned. Then we will also announce that our ministers will resign,’ said Pradesh Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya.

“They will then send their resignation to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Bhattacharya said.

Asked whether it implied that the alliance between the Trinamool and the Congress in the state was over, Bhattacharya replied: “Effectively, yes. The alliance is collapsing”.

The Congress is the junior partner in the Trinamool-led West Bengal government with six ministers - two cabinet and four ministers of state.

Miffed over the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government’s decisions over hike in diesel price and foreign investment in multi-brand retail, Banerjee Tuesday announced that the Trinamool Congress was withdrawing support to the UPA government.

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