West Bengal Congress leadership on Friday said that any kind of bonhomie with Trinamool Congress would be fatal for the state unit and BJP would try to cash in in that situation.

"Yes, there are a lot of apprehensions and questions among the grassroots workers, who despite all sorts of threat and intimidation by TMC, are carrying the party flag. We are trying to answer those queries, but we are not sure whether we can convince them.

"Congress in Bengal had been suffering for a long time due to equations of national politics," WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury said.

The recent meeting between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has put the Bengal Congress leadership to a quandary.

"Although the meeting was regarding the presidential elections, yet it is a matter of concern as party workers and leaders are asking several questions and we don't have any proper answer", former union minister Deepa Dasmunsi said.

"At a time when the TMC is trying to finish off Congress in the state either by use of violence or by poaching on our elected representatives, a meeting between our top leadership and the TMC chief is sending out a wrong message.

"It is tough to convince party workers, who were beaten up by TMC on the day of civic poll that there has been no compromise," she said.

Chowdhury had shot off a letter to Sonia Gandhi on May 13 urging her not to allow any equation of national politics hamper the prospects of the party in the state.

He said that BJP would try to cash in in that situation.

Chowdhury said that the Congress workers were "miffed" and "it was the destiny of Bengal Congress to suffer due to equations of national politics".

AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed, however, dismissed the apprehensions and said "No one should equate the considerations and equations of national politics with state politics. We are trying to get BJD from Odisha with us in this presidential polls. The party workers in Odisha are not raising such questions."