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Mamata wants Congress to join her government

May 16, 2011 04:59 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday in New Delhi and said that she wants the Congress to be a part of her government in West Bengal.

The Trinamool and the Congress are likely to finalise their berth sharing deal for West Bengal on Monday. The swearing-in date has also to be decided.

"I invited Congress. I invited Soniaji for the oath taking ceremony," said Mamata after meeting Sonia.

She also said that she wanted the Railway Ministry to stay with the Trinamool.

"We want Railway Ministry to be with us. It is the Prime Minister who will decide the portfolio," she said.

She said that she would take oath of office and secrecy on Friday.

The Trinamool-Congress combine swept to power in West Bengal on May 13 ending the 34-year-old Left Front rule in the state by winning 228 seats in the 294-member Assembly. The Left Front ended with just 61 seats.

Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed met Congress MLAs in Kolkata has submitted his report on whether the Congress should join the Mamata government or not.

There is a section of the party that does not want to be part of the government in West Bengal while the faction that wants to be a part of the Mamata government says that the move will keep the cadre happy.