Kolkata: In an escalation of spat with its ally over the paddy farmers and rechristening Indira Bhawan, the Trinamool Congress has unleashed acerbic remarks against the Congress and alleged that it is hobnobbing with CPI(M) to scuttle development in the state.

Addressing a huge rally on Mayo Road here on Monday, senior party leader and Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandopadhyaya said, “Despite being an alliance partner, the Congress is indulging in anti-coalition activities in league with the CPI (M) which has already been exposed in the last Assembly polls. The people of WB are watching closely on the party’s motive.”

“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,” added the TMC leader.

Despite differences between alliance partners over policy matters, the TMC never launched a personal attack either on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or on Congress president Sonia Gandhi. 

Lashing out at the Congress, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy said, “The Congress is heading the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre. It wants to suppress the TMC.” If the Congress takes to streets against Mamata , TMC will hold rallies  to expose the party said Roy.

"Some of them (Congress leaders) are saying that the party does not exit from the back door, but from the main entrance. We are telling them all doors are open for them to go," Trinamool Congress Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee told the rally.

TMC free to hold rally: Congress

Despite the ongoing political bickerings between both parties, the TMC-Congress alliance in the state will complete its tenure.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President Pradeep Bhattacharya said, “The Congress is free to hold rallies but we are not afraid of it.”

Bhattacharya added that the Congress wants to organize all party meeting on the issue of renaming of Indira Bhawan and the paddy farmers’ problems.