Kolkata: The decision of Trinamool Congress to field its candidates for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections has irked the Congress which has already got into scuffle with the former over the several issues including rechristening the Indira Bhawan to Nazrul Bhawan.

Political observers believe that if the TMC fields its candidates against the Congress in five poll-bound states, the WBPCC will hold protest against Mamata Banerjee in the context of burning issues in the state.

The main Opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) is also gearing up to hold stir over series of issue including increasing price rise, political violence and farmers’ problem.

The CPI (M) kept itself away from the TMC-Congress tug of war. However, the comrades see its political mileage in scuffle between the two main UPA allies.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dared the Congress to quit the state government. But the Congress shrugged it off in the face of UP elections.

“The door is open for the Congress to quit the state government. But the TMC will not sit idle if the Congress spreads rumors against the CM,” the TMC leaders said.

In a counter attack on the TMC, Manoj Chakraborty, Minister of State for Small Industries, said, “We have fought as an alliance partner and came to power. We are not there on someone’s mercy. The Congress is not a party of Tom, Dick, Harry. It is an all-India party. We will leave ministry as a rejected slipper when our party will ask us to do so.”

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President Pradeep Bhatacharya on Wednesday held meeting with party leaders to chalk out the further course of action.

“The Congress high command is silent given the upcoming UP elections. WBPCC meeting will be held on Sunday to devise the strategy for agitation against the state government,” added Bhatacharya.

JPN/Bureau