The Congress leadership in West Bengal is ready to pull out of the state government, but is waiting for the go-ahead from the central leadership. “How can we continue in the Bengal government if she (Mamata Banerjee) decides to leave the Congress’s hand in Delhi,” said state Congress President Pradip Bhattacharya.
“We had hoped she would not quit. The announcement surprised us. We will hold a meeting with our leaders here soon and convey our wish to the party leadership,” he added.
Senior Congress leader and irrigation minister Manas Bhuniya said, “We are ready to quit now if the high command tells us. We became an ally of the Trinamool following directions from our high command and we need their nod to quit.”
MP Adhir Chowdhury tore into the CM. “As an ally she wants to have cream only. When she is supposed to share the bitter (bit), she runs away. She was not ally material in the first place. Good riddance.”
The state Congress has had a testy relationship with the CM and has criticised her policies on many occasions.
In June, the Congress legislative party had brought in a resolution — during Banerjee’s dilly-dallying on the Presidential election — to quit the government, but it did not have the nod of the central leadership.