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Cong in talks with Trinamool Congress as deadline ends

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Cong in talks with Trinamool Congress as deadline ends
Clean Media Correspondent


New Delhi, September 17 (CMC) As the Trinamool Congress's 72-hour deadline for rollback diesel price hike, LPG subsidy cap and FDI in multi-brand retail expired today, the Congress will hold negotiations with the party and expressed confidence of continuing a "working relationship".

Party chief Sonia Gandhi held consultations with senior leaders, including ministers, at her residence, to decide the strategy ahead even as there was no sign of worry in the AICC over fresh pressure mounted by Mamata Banerjee.
With Banerjee set to have a meeting with her party leaders in Kolkata tomorrow, Gandhi had a strategy session with union ministers AK Antony, P Chidambaram, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Vayalar Ravi and Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel.

"Negotiations are going on, we do believe that we will be able to have a working relationship. We remain optimistic," party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary told reporters at the AICC briefing.

Asked whether the Congress is confident that all its allies, including Trinamool Congress, will remain in the UPA government in future as well, she said, "We will always be hopeful of all our allies' continuance. Our doors are never closed for dialogue".

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