Kolkata: Riding high on fresh victory of the alliance in the assembly elections, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee met Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday night to request Congress to join the new ministry to be formed in West Bengal.

Party insiders said Banerjee discussed ministry-making exercise and the likely participation of Congress with Mukherjee at his south Kolkata residence.

Banerjee, set to take over reins as chief minister, had on Friday said that she would like allies Congress and SUCI to join the Trinamool Congress-led ministry.

Pranab, Shakeel to take decision

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed will be deciding on the issue of the Congress joining the Trinamool Congress government after a meeting with the WBPCC.

"The WBPCC can't take the decision on joining the new government. It is the party central leadership which will take the ultimate decision. However, we are ready to cooperate with
the Mamata government to honour the mandate," WBPCC president Manas Bhunia told reporters here.

Bhunia said Mukherjee and Ahmed would also decide on the legislature party meeting and a joint victory rally and meet newly elected party members.

WB victory glorious moment

He described the Trinamool Congress-Congress victory as absolutely up to expectations and a glorious moment in state's politics.

Bhunia, who won the election from Sabang Assembly seat in West Midnapore district, lauded Banerjee's leadership for bringing in change in state politics and hoped that an effective government under her leadership would soon take over for better governance and development.

Bhunia thanked people for the overwhelming support to the alliance to end the 34 year-long Marxist 'misrule' in the state.

Bhunia said that his party, which won 42 seats, could have won a few more, if there was no rebel candidate, organisational weakneses and non-cooperation from the administration.

(Agencies)