Kolkata: The Congress-Trinamool relationship is on the rocks. On Saturday, TMC's Subrata Mukherjee launched another attack on its ally, likening it to rival CPI(M). He said that the two parties were two sides of the same coin.
Mukherjee was speaking at a programme organized to remember the nine villagers who were killed at Netai in the Lalgarh area of West Midnapore exactly a year ago. The TMC leader picked up from where his leader had left off and defended Banerjee's policy of unleashing scathing criticism of the Congress.
Mamata had hit out at the Congress on Saturday saying it was free to leave the alliance. A guarded Congress however said it was ready to talk. The Congress is aware that walking out is difficult. Trinamool has 19 seats and tying up with new allies like Samajwadi Party hinges on UP results.
The TMC has, meanwhile, already announced its plans to launch an anti-Congress drive on Monday.
Congress, however, remains guarded in its response even indicating that a UPA coordination committee is on cards and an emissary may be sent soon.
Keeping Mamata in good humour is crucial for the Congress especially with the budget session not too far away. Key issues awaiting her support are FDI in retail, an inevitable fuel hike, Pensions Bill and the Lokpal Bill.
What is worse is that Congress is aware that with the Budget around, Mamata's pressure is likely to increase and Congress sources say that now a call needs to be taken on how long to put up with Didi's pressures.