TMC part of INDIA Bloc: Derek; Mamata says it is not

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TMC part of INDIA Bloc: Derek; Mamata says it is not

Monday, 01 April 2024 | Saugar Sengupta | Kolkata/Krishnagar

On a day Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien iterated that his party was very much a part of the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance, his supreme leader and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told an election rally that her party was not a part of the Alliance in Bengal as there was no INDIA in the State.

Addressing a rally at Krishnagar in Nadia district Banerjee said, “the TMC has already said that it will go alone in Bengal which means that there is no INDIA in the State,” adding, “giving votes to the CPI(M) or the Congress would amount to giving votes to the BJP as all the three parties are hand-in-gloves in Bengal.” She said, “CPI(M) is claiming that they are a part of the INDIA alliance but this alliance was conceived and named by me … I am saying that there is no INDIA in Bengal so the question of the CPI(M) or the Congress does not arise here … after the elections things will be decided in Delhi for the INDIA alliance.”

Notwithstanding Banerjee’s statement O’Brien was seen in an INDIA rally where he said that the “TMC is very much, was and will be a part of the INDIA alliance,” as “this is the fight between BJP and democracy … the fight is against Modi ki guarantee which has no warranty when it comes to price rise, unemployment and protecting of the democratic institutions.” Back in Kolkata, Pradesh Congress president Adhir Chowdhury instantly hit out at the TMC leadership for “changing colour with place,” even as he said that “Mamata Banerjee has fled off INDIA alliance in Bengal because she was asked to do so … she fled like a coward from the back gate … because she knew that if she had to save her bhaipio (nephew) who has looted crores in various scams from going to jail she had no other way but to break INDIA alliance in Bengal which she has done … in Delhi she is has put some of her pawns to mark the attendance register because tomorrow she will be in problem if BJP goes.”

Drawing a comparison between Banerjee and her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, the PCC president said the Delhi Chief Minister was a brave man which was why “he did not surrender before Modi and went to jail whereas in Bengal she made compromises with the BJP to save her army of looters including her family members.”

CPI(M) MP Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya said that “Mamata Banerjee was the “Sikhandi (the feminine man of Mahabharata fame) in of RSS in Bengal which is why she is out to break the INDIA alliance in this State … at the instance of RSS and the BJP she is doing everything in Bengal.”

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