New Delhi: Allies Trinamool Congress and NCP came under attack at the meeting of Congress Working Committee with leaders from West Bengal and Maharashtra resenting the "oneupmanship" by Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar.

The day-long deliberations also saw some leaders underlining the need for a strategy to fight regional parties contending they formed the main threat to Congress than BJP, which was a divided House.

Maharashtra PCC President Manikrao Thakre suggested if Congress contests alone in the next Assembly polls in the state, it will get more seats than it secures in alliance with NCP.

Thakre praised Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who is also not on the best of terms with the NCP chief. He complained that Pawar, being part of the central government, utilises his position to appropriate credit for NCP for all the good things done by the Centre.

West Bengal PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya was agitated because the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee does not count Congress despite the party being part of the government.

He was also critical of her for "behaving like an opposition leader" at the Centre despite her party being a key constituent of Congress-led UPA government.

Party spokesperson Manish Tewari wanted Congress should be ready to change the political landscape of the country "if your allies oppose you".

At the briefing on CWC deliberations, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee steered clear of questions on the issue of 'coalition compulsions' maintaining that these decisions are taken at a particular time keeping in mind the given situation.


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