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Aug 07, 2012 at 01:15pm IST

Trinamool Congress to go it alone in 2014 General Elections

New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has said that it will go it alone in the 2014 General Elections and the 2013 Panchayat elections in West Bengal. This is the first official indication by the party that it may exit the UPA in 2014.

TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said on Monday that the party would win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal.

Ironically, he made the statement while addressing the media outside the venue for lunch organised by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

The lunch was primarily being seen as a reconciliation between the Congress and the TMC.

The relations between the two parties hit a low during Presidential Elections, when TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee refused to support the UPA's nominee, Pranab Mukherjee.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, however, said on Tuesday that he was confident the TMC would not quit the UPA.

"I am confident of the TMC's support," he said.

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