NDTV Correspondent | Updated: June 18, 2012 20:25 IST
Mamata's ministers at the centre have told her they're ready to resign, "if the Congress thinks they are not required".
Senior leader Sudip Bandhopadhyaya said Mamata's Trinamool Congress remains the second-largest member of the UPA (after the Congress), suggesting the party is not opting out of the coalition yet.
Mr Bandopadhyay denied reports that Trinamool's ministers at the centre had submitted their resignations to Ms Banerjee
Mamata said last week that she would not quit the UPA, and that the Congress could ask her to quit if it wanted.
Mamata has been estranged from the UPA since last week over the election for President of India.
Mamata rejected Sonia Gandhi's choice, Pranab Mukherjee as the candidate of the UPA.
She partnered with Mulayam Singh Yadav to ambush the Congress. They said their three choices for President were nuclear scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former speaker Somnath Chatterjee, and shockingly, the Prime Minister.
Congress was livid over humiliation for PM. Then Mulayam ditched Mamata, went back to supporting the Congress and Mr Mukherjee.
Mamata says her No 1 choice remains Dr Kalam, who she is campaigning for on Facebook. Though he has refused to run, her party leaders said this evening they will try to persuade him to change his mind.
In an attempt to placate her, the Congress today snubbed its leader Digvijaya Singh who criticized Ms Banerjee for being "immature." The Congress has said he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the party.
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