Kolkata: As West Bengal celebrates one of its own becoming the first citizen of this country, the state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remains defiant on opposing Pranab Mukherjee’s nomination as the President of India. An angry West Bengal Congress now wants the party to pull out of the TMC government in the state.
The son of Bengal Pranab has finally been anointed as the UPA's Presidential candidate, and sparks flew not just on the streets but also in the alliance between the Congress and the Trinamool in Bengal.
40 West Bengal Congress MLAs are threatening to snap ties with Mamata after her belligerent stand on Pranab.
State Congress President Pradip Bhattacharya said, "40 out of 42 MLAs have resoled that they are uncomfortable with the alliance with Mamata and they have condemned Mamata's behaviour."
But the wily Bengali Babu Pranab took the first step and reached out to Didi and said that Mamata is like his little sister and appealed to her to support him for the Presidential candidature.
Didi wasn't moved and the Pranab household was all ecstatic. A tough race and tall task as the first citizen of the country, no wonder then Mrs Suvra Mukherjee is counting calories.
It's the end of a bitter fight between two famous Bengalis, but one of them is still in no mood to give up.