Relations between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Congress party have again hit a new low, with TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing in her rally on Saturday that the party may go it alone in the state. However, Mamata said that the alliance in Delhi (with UPA) will last as along as the TMC gets respect.
"I am a rough and tough administrator. The TMC is marking a strong presence in Manipur, Arunachal, UP, Assam. I tell Delhi, don't neglect Bengal so much, we can snatch our rights if it comes to such a pass," Mamata said.
Mamata held a grand rally in central Kolkata on Saturday to mark the killing of 13 Youth Congress activists in 1993.
The annual gathering of the Shahid Divas programme was attended by lakhs of Mamata supporters at Esplanade in central Kolkata.
The day is observed by Mamata in remembrance of 13 Youth Congress workers who were killed in police firing on July 21, 1993. But over the years the rally has transformed into an opportunity for the party to show its strength to its political opponents, mainly the Left.