West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee “cannot be ignored” for the unity of the Opposition, get together chief Derek O’Brien stated right now. Speaking to NDTV on why the get together selected to abstain from the Vice-Presidential election on August 6, he stated the TMC-which has 35 MPs-is not an ally of Congress and “does not require a certificate of ideology in opposition in the BJP “.
He criticized the way in which the Opposition candidate -Congress veteran Margaret Alva -was chosen: “You call a meeting and then say there will be a press conference in 15 minutes … We are the second largest party in Parliament. We want to send a message to Congress, with a working style. We have nothing against the person elected. ”
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhijit Banerjee, TMC National General Secretary, the Kolkata announcement: “The method of deciding on the opposition candidate, without proper consultation … We unanimously decided to abstain from the voting process.”
Mr O’Brien, asked if the problem was specific to Congress, said, “Please draw a clear line between TMC and the formal partners of Congress,” citing four of them – the ruling party of Tamil Nadu DMK, Sharad Pawar- led the NCP, Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
“Of course, there are similar parties across the country that we work for, against the divisive and moustached ideology of the BJP. But not all such parties are allies of Congress,” said Mr O’Brien, party leader in the Rajya Sabha.
He recalled how, in West Bengal last year, the TMC won an election against an alliance of the Left Congress, apart from the BJP. “That’s the context.”
When asked if the parties angry with each other could challenge the BJP in 2024, he returned to his state: “What unity is the Opposition? When Mamata Banerjee won a third term as Bengal CM, Congress and CPM were the BJP is in cahoots. “
TMC’s departure is significant as it was one of the main moves in fielding the Opposition’s joint candidate for President, Yashwant Sinha, who fought in what became only a symbolic battle against Droupadi Murmu of the BJP -led NDA. Vice-Presidential polls are not expected to be different. But Ms Alva is even weaker now as she opposes Jagdeep Dhankhar of the NDA, with whom TMC had a bad relationship when he was governor of Bengal until recently.
Mr O’Brien told Abhishek Banerjee when he said the TMC would never vote for a BJP candidate – “the question didn’t come up” – so it was left with two choices, both help Ms Alva or simply not take part.
He stated his get together desires the unity of the Opposition. “Remember who referred to as the assembly to decide on a joint candidate for President .. But please know, we can’t be taken without any consideration.”