Sonia, Mamata to share dais in West Bengal

April 12th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will share the campaign platform with Congress president Sonia Gandhi April 27 at a rally in West Bengal’s Jangipur, from where External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha.
This was decided at a late Saturday meeting between Mukherjee and Mamata at the former’s south Kolkata residence.

Briefing newspersons, Mamata said she will also campaign with West Bengal state Congress president Mukherjee in several northern West Bengal seats from April 19.

“I will attend some meetings with him in north Bengal. We will also jointly address some rallies in south Bengal,” Banerjee said.

Congress and Trinamool have entered into a seat sharing understanding for the 42 seats in the state. The Trinamool is contesting in 27 constituencies, leaving one to its ally Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI). Congress is in fray for the remaining 14 seats.

Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address three election meetings, including the one in Jangipur, April 27. The other two rallies are at Siliguri and Malda in north Bengal.

Sonia Gandhi and Mamata had earlier jointly canvassed before the 2001 assembly elections, when also the two parties had thrashed out an alliance.

Mamata also complained to Mukherjee about the “terror let loose” by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist in various parts of the state ahead of the elections.

“He promised to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities,” Mamata said.

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