Mamata v/s Sonia: TMC to quit UPA ahead of 2014 poll?

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New Delhi, Aug 7: It seems that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is all set to break its alliance with UPA to contest the 2014 General Elections. The speculations surfaced following the statement of TMC leader Sudeep Mukhopadhaya.

Mr Mukhopadhaya on Monday, Aug 6 stated that the party would win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. His statement was a clear indication that Trinamool Congress will not rely on Congress, its ally in the state.

Trinamool Congress and Congress have been facing difficulties while working together in the state. There were many occasions when the state Congress leaders urged the party high command to break their alliance with Mamata Banerjee's party. Now, Mr Mukhopadhaya's statement was the first official indication by the party that it may exit the UPA ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Ironically, Mr Mukhopadhaya made the shocking statement outside Congress President Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi. The TMC leader was in the national capital to attend the luncheon organised by Mrs Gandhi.

The Congress president organised the party at her residence at 10 Janpath for all UPA alliances and other parties who assured UPA about their support to its candidate for vice presidential election, Hamid Ansari.

UPA nominee Hamid Ansari appears set to get a second term as Vice President by emerging a clear winner against NDA's Jaswant Singh in a direct contest for the post on Tuesday, Aug 7.

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