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TMC reluctant to coordinate with Congress in Parliament

Kolkata, November 27

The Trinamool Congress today said it was “disinterested” in coordinating with the Congress during the winter session of Parliament, but maintained it would cooperate with other Opposition camps on various issues concerning people’s interest.

The TMC “most probably will not attend” the Opposition parties’ meeting convened by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on November 29, a TMC leader said. The party’s snub to the Congress came days after Kharge, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said the grand old party would coordinate with all Opposition camps, including the TMC, during the winter session. Amid the strained relationship between the two, the TMC advised the Congress that it should have “proper internal coordination and set their own house in order”.

“We are disinterested in coordinating with the Congress during the winter session. Congress leaders should first coordinate among themselves. They should set their own house in order and then think about coordinating with other camps,” said a senior TMC leader.

Asked if the TMC would coordinate with other Opposition parties, he said, “We will raise several issues concerning people’s interest and will coordinate with them. We most probably will not attend the meeting convened by the Congress.” On aversion to the Congress in the fight against the BJP, he said, “Their leaders lack the determination to take on the saffron camp.” — PTI

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