New Delhi: With Congress ministers in West Bengal government all set to submitting their resignations to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, the three year long alliance between both the parties comes to end.

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The Congress ministers would seek an appointment with the Chief Minister on Saturday to submit their resignations and also meet Governor M K Narayanan to withdraw support.

The Congress ministers will meet West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan in the evening to formally convey its decision to withdraw its support to the Mamata government.

"We will meet the governor at 6 pm and formally withdraw support from the Trinamool Congress government," state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said.
    
"The resignation of the six Congress ministers is in reply to what the TMC ministers did in Delhi," Bhattacharya said.

Ups and Downs of Trinamool-Congress relations

The two parties came together in 2009 ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, but then too there was a tussle over the number and nature of seats to the Congress. Banerjee won the battle. After the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) victory, Banerjee took over as railway minister, while five of her colleagues were sworn in as ministers of state

Number Game

Relations again soured in the 2010 Kolkata civic polls as the Congress - unhappy with the number of seats given to it - fought alone, and suffered a humiliating defeat. The Trinamool won an overwhelming majority. Before the West Bengal assembly polls last year, there was again a prolonged stand-off over the number of seats for the Congress, but yet again its leadership blinked and the party got to fight only 65 seats in the 294-seat assembly. After the assembly polls, the two parties formed an alliance government in the state. Soon the troubles escalated, with the Congress ministers complaining of being kept in the dark about major decisions

Stand-off over Manoj Chakraborty

The first revolt came earlier this year, when Congress minister Manoj Chakraborty resigned calling Banerjee a ‘dictator’. The relations deteriorated with each passing day, with Banerjee even once asking the Congress ministers to "leave, if you want to"

Financial aid to West Bengal 

Banerjee's battles with the Central Government continued, as the Trinamool sought a three year moratorium on interest repayments for loans to tide over the debt-ridden state's financial problems

Differences over Teesta Treaty

Trinamool also confronted the Congress over the Teesta treaty with Bangladesh and repeated petro price hikes. Last September, the UPA government suffered a major diplomatic embarrassment as Banerjee cancelled her trip to Dhaka along with the Prime Minister saying the Teesta treaty was against the interests of north Bengal. A red Prime Minister returned from Bangladesh without signing the pact. Later, Banerjee forced the central government to go back on its decision to allow 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment in retail

Stand-off over Dinesh Trivedi

There was another major stand-off after an angry Banerjee forced her party leader and Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi to resign after he raised train fares. Banerjee's long time associate Mukul Roy became minister and withdrew most of the hikes.

Presidential Election

The Congress finally checkmated her in the presidential elections in July. After opposing Congress nominee Pranab Mukherjee for days, and trying to put up her own candidates, Banerjee had to finally extend support to him.

Diesel Price Hike
 
The final act in the battle came last week when the suddenly emboldened UPA government raised diesel prices by Rs 5 a litre and cut down on the number of subsidised cylinders per household to six.

FDI issue

A day later, it announced a series of sweeping reform measures, including allowing FDI in retail.

72-hour deadline

An angry Banerjee gave a 72-hour deadline for a roll back, otherwise "hard decisions" would be taken. The Congress refused to relent, and Banerjee responded by withdrawing support on Tuesday.


"The resignation of our ministers and withdrawal of support by us is also in protest against deteriorating law and order, growing crime against women and attack on Congress workers in the state," he said.
    
Describing TMC's withdrawal of support to UPA government as 'unfortunate', Bhattacharya said "the TMC chief is answerable to the people for this."
    
Bhattacharya also described as 'a threat to the nation' the praise of the TMC chief by BJP leaders and the alleged proximity of CPI(M) leaders to BJP leaders.
    
Despite the development, the WBPCC president said Congress would request the Trinamool Congress not to field any candidate against its candidate Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee, in the Lok Sabha by-election at
Jangipur on October 10.
    
"From the political point of view, we have a right to make this appeal as we did not put any candidate at Bankura, Daspur and Basirhat assembly by-elections against TMC", he said.

JPN/Agencies

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