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Ousted by Congress, what will be Mamata's game plan

Agencies  New Delhi, June 16, 2012
First Published: 09:15 IST(16/6/2012) | Last Updated: 11:25 IST(16/6/2012)

After holding the UPA to ransom for more than three years since its inception, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee finally got the jolt from the Congress. After its largest ally was clearly shown its 'irrelevance' for the ruling dispensation in the Presidential election, the Congress is set to ignore Trinamool's numerous red flags and go ahead with major pending reforms measures. Banerjee, however, said on Friday, "The game is not yet over."

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjeesaid her party remained firm on the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam and said "the game has just begun". "We are firm on the candidature of Kalam. He is the fittest candidate. We are not shifting from our stand of what we have announced earlier," Banerjee told PTI at the state secretariat.


Asked if she thought that she was cheated by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Banerjee replied "I cannot say so. He is a senior politician."

To a question if she was disappointed by today's developments in SP's stand, "what I said in the morning, I stand by it. I don't deviate. Rest I will say tomorrow because things have only started. Now a lot of things will happen. Wait.

To another question on Mulayam's change of stand, Banerjee said "I have said. I won't say anything more. In my life, I do what I say and if someone thinks the game is over, it's not that".

Top Congress managers believe that Banerjee tried to consolidate her minority vote bank and also send a feeler to non-UPA opposition parties.

Congress sources said Banerjee also mistook Congress chief’s politeness in their meeting on Wednesday. After rejecting all her names, when Banerjee told Gandhi she would announce her list of candidates, Gandhi reportedly smiled and said, “best of luck!” Banerjee, known for her impatience, perhaps didn’t realise Congress has run of out patience with her.

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