Kolkata: On Saturday evening, Congress will meet West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan, to formally convey its decision to withdraw its support to the Trinamool Congress government. The six Congress ministers - two cabinet and four ministers of state -will also tender their resignations to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the evening.
"We will meet the governor at 6 pm to formally withdraw support from the government," state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said thar after a meeting of party leaders here. The Congress move comes a day after six Trinamool ministers resigned from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.
The withdrawal of support will not have any impact on the 16-month-old Banerjee government as her party has a comfortable majority in the 294-seat state assembly.
The Congress has 42 members, two more than the Communist Party of India- Marxist's 40, and could stake claim for the post of the leader of the opposition.
The Trinamool quit the UPA after the Congress-led central government hiked diesel prices, allowed FDI in multi-brand retail trade and put a cap on subsidised gas cylinders.