Coalition dharma does not permit unilateralism, Congress tells TrinamoolJanuary 18th, 2012 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday expressed its displeasure with the Trinamool Congress, saying “coalition dharma does not permit unilateralism”, after a Congress minister in West Bengal sent his resignation from the Mamata Banerjee government when two of his portfolios were taken away in a cabinet reshuffle.
The Congress also hoped that things will become harmonious between the two parties in the near future.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that “deep restraint” was required in exchange of views between the Trinamool Congress and his party in West Bengal.
“As far as West Bengal is concerned, deep restraint is required. I don’t think sharp exchanges can help things…Coalition dharma does not permit unlilateralism,” Singhvi said.
Congress Minister of State Manoj Chakraborty Tuesday shot off his resignation to Sonia Gandhi, party general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee after two departments were taken away from him by Banerjee in Monday’s reshuffle.
Singhvi hoped that the issues will be looked at in a sensitive manner and “things will come in a harmonious and even keel in the near future.”
The ties between Congress and the Trinamool Congress worsened Tuesday following Chakraborty faxing his resignation to party leadership.
Chakraborty said he wanted to quit the ministry as it lacked any “standing” or “stability”.
Chakraborty, who had attacked Banerjee Jan 9 when she asked the Congress to walk out of the alliance if it so desired, lost his two portfolios — parliamentary affairs and small and cottage industries. And he was made minister of state for food processing and horticulture.
Chakraborty also did not spare senior party leader Manas Bhuniya for advocating that the Congress should stay in the ministry.
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