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'Cong can't bend over backwards to retain Mamata'

Jun 17, 2012 08:41 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: The Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance seemed to have escalated to a breaking point after Mamata Banerjee refused to support UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee. While the Congress stayed hopeful of getting Mamata's support, she dared the party to break the alliance. The Trinamool Congress chief has proposed former president APJ Abdul Kalam for the post and has made it clear that she is not backing Mukherjee in the race. So, will the UPA let Mamata go if she parts ways?

Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said there is a limit to which the party can bend over backwards to retain Mamata as an ally.

Below is the edited excerpt from the interview:

Karan Thapar: After creating a drama in a crisis is there any further purpose in Mamata continuing as a member of the United Progressive Alliance?

Digvijaya Singh: As far as we are concerned we are not throwing her out, we are not asking her to leave.

Karan Thapar: But if she goes on her own will you stop her?

Digvijaya Singh: Well, all efforts have been made to console her, to accept her views, accept her tantrums.

Karan Thapar: But if despite that she parts ways you'll let her go?

Digvijaya Singh: Well, beyond a point and of course beyond a certain limit the decision is hers.

Karan Thapar: Absolutely, so you won't bend backwards to retain her?

Digvijaya: There is a limit to what we can bend to.

Karan: You are resigned to the fact if she goes you'll let her go?

Digvijaya: Well, there are some eventualities which if can't be avoided have to be faced.