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Cong. confirms severing of ties with Trinamool

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JULY 30. The Congress today confirmed severing of its ties with the Trinamool Congress and preferred to view the development as a result of the latter's stance.

The Congress sought to put the blame at the door of the Trinamool, stating that since the latter continued to share benches with the ruling National Democratic Alliance in Parliament, there could be no alliance with it.

The West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee's statement in Kolkata that the alliance with the Trinamool was over was endorsed by the Congress spokesman, Mr. S Jaipal Reddy.

In response to questions at the routine briefing, Mr. Reddy said that apart from the persisting confusion about the Trinamool's relations with the NDA was the fact that Ms. Mamata Banerjee's party continued to sit in the NDA ranks. This situation was not acceptable to the Congress.

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