Kolkata: Allaying rumors of worsening ties with the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said the resignation of Congress minister from Mamata Cabinet in West Bengal will not hamper the Congress-TMC alliance.

Speaking on the resignation offered by WB MoS Manoj Chakraborty Pranab said, “Manoj Chakraborty wrote a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the party has given green signal for his resignation.”

Pranab said the resignation of the Congress minister will not affect the alliance and the party high command would soon decide on sending a replacement for Chakraborty to the ministry.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chakraborty during a press conference at Writers’ Building in Kolkata said, “What is happening in the government can be termed as total ‘dictatorship’ and the government lacked any standing or stability.”

Chakraborty later wrote a letter to the Congress president and other senior leaders and sought permission to resign from Mamata cabinet.

Chakraborty’s announcement came a day after he was shifted from Parliamentary Affairs portfolio to Food Processing.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Pradip Bhattacharjee confirmed the decision. When asked whether the Congress was going to offer a replacement for Chakraborty in the government, Pradip Bhattacharjee said, "I cannot say anything at this moment because we have not discussed with our party high command.”

Chakraborty would send his formal resignation to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday but a decision on his replacement in the ministry is yet to be taken.

Meanwhile, answering a question whether the BSF soldiers suspension for allegedly stripping and beating a man along the India-Bangladesh border would have any adverse impact on the bilateral relations, Mukherjee said, “Such incidents take place at times, and there is no use blowing them up unnecessarily. The concerned authorities of the two countries would solve the problem through discussions.”

(JPN/Bureau)