New Delhi: The dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turned out gloomy as the top parliamentary leaders of the major ally Trinamool Congress and others on Tuesday skipped the occasion.

Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress, the crucial ally of the UPA government, submitted its token presence at the Prime Minister’s dinner with only the backbencher Ratna De Nag representing the party.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had hosted the dinner for the allies amidst the talks of several parties trying to constitute the Third Front and the possibility of mid-term elections.

While no DMK leader was present, Praful Patel from NCP graced the occasion. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar failed to book his presence in the dinner party due to his poor health condition.  

With the crucial budget session in progress, the senior Congress leaders impressed upon the ally leaders to book their strong presence in the House as there are crucial businesses that will come up in the Parliament.

Meanwhile, the Congress wooed the allies by offering time from their quota during the debate in House.

The Congress leaders sought the allies to give their effective coordination in crucial business like Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, Railway Budget and General Budget.

JPN/Bureau