Kolkata, Sep 22: The Congress will meet West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Saturday evening to formally convey its decision to withdraw its support to the Trinamool Congress government.
”We will meet the governor at 6 p.m. to formally withdraw support from the government,” state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said after a meeting of party leaders here.
The six Congress ministers - two cabinet and four ministers of state -will also tender their resignations to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the evening.
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 Congress move comes a day after six Trinamool ministers resigned from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.
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.