New Delhi: Amid mounting tensions between TMC and its alliance partner in West Bengal, the Congress leadership on Monday asked its state unit to refrain from using provocative words that could lead to spoiling the relations between the allies further.

In order to find a solution to the ongoing tussle, Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee on Monday held a meeting with state Congress committee chief Pradeep Bhattacharya and party general secretary in charge of the state Shakeel Ahmad.

"The state leadership has been asked to avoid use of harsh words against the ally," sources said.

Notably, considering the upcoming elections in the five states, the Congress does not want to give any chances that could benefit its arch rivals.