New Delhi: A day after TMC chief Mamata Banerjee declared that the UPA is dead and the Congress was not fighting the BJP with Rahul Gandhi, often going abroad, the old party accusing him of “fascist mindset”. and a virtual war of words broke out. Describing his long history of alliance with BJP.
The Congress’s scathing attack came even as Mamata’s adviser Prashant Kishor said the leadership role was not a “divine right” of the Congress alone.
In response, Congress MP and communications chief Randeep Surjewala said, “There is a difference between political opportunism and an ideological battle. You swap sides and then tell us about the principles? This is the same Mamata who was in NDA with Vajpayee. After 2001, he forged an alliance with Congress for the assembly elections.
In 2003, she again parted ways with Congress and in her own words, the BJP is her natural ally. In 2004, he again fought with the BJP. And, again, in 2009 she returned to the UPA. Mamta left the UPA in 2012. Who is she to comment on UPA? Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, is fighting an ideological battle against not only Modi, but the BJP and the RSS.
The aggressive response came when Kishor said that after losing 90% of elections in the last 10 years, the Congress cannot claim to have a divine right to claim the leadership role of the anti-BJP alliance.
The Trinamool Congress defended the party chief’s “there is no UPA now” remark saying that she was factually correct as the UPA was formed under the Congress leadership to form the government and lasted for 10 years from 2004 to 2014 When the constituents were in office. Center.
“UPA was formed in May 2004 with a clear objective which was for governance, in 2009 a nearly identical group of parties came back in office and the UPA continued. But since May 2014 another coalition for governance came into office, so the UPA does not exist. If you go by numbers, many of those parties have reduced strength in the House… but numbers don’t matter because they are not in government,” TMC’s Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien said.
Surjewala left no stone unturned in attacking Mamta. “BJP is destroying the democratic system of India. And we should ask if Mamata is not doing the same thing that Modi does. She is also buying MLAs and breaking up parties. Somehow, she has supported and adopted the same fascist thought process that she is pretending to fight.”
He said, “In August, he said that everyone should come together to fight the BJP. She needs to introspect on whether she is fighting Congress or BJP with an advisor to support her.
The excitement seemed to be in the form of tweets from Kishor, who escalated to Mamata by saying that “the idea and space that the Congress represents is important for a strong opposition. But Congress leadership is not a divine right of an individual, especially when the party has lost more than 90% of the elections in the last 10 years. Let the opposition leadership decide democratically.”
The TMC also asserted its credentials, saying it is much of a united opposition in Parliament this session, with most parties supporting each other on common issues that they have decided to take up with the government. O’Brien said, ‘We are saying that 12 of our opposition members have been suspended from the Rajya Sabha and they are sitting on dharna in protest. This is not TMC’s dharna, all opposition party leaders are going there and showing solidarity with suspended MPs of TMC, Congress, Shiv Sena, CPM and CPI.”
Asked repeatedly on why Mamata is targeting Congress, O’Brien said, “Mamata didi is here for a cause, to fight, she is here through struggle and not against CPM.” Yes, he had to fight with his party. Congress… he had to form his own party to fight against the Left Front government in Bengal.
Elaborating on the TMC’s expansion into states outside Bengal, where the party is inducting members from the Congress, he said the party was “practical” in its moves and “accepting the ground reality” in politics. “TMC’s focus is on defeating or uprooting the BJP. So the party is going to those states where the BJP is strong and the rival is looking weak.
Mamata’s remarks on the Congress after a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena leaders have stirred up, suggests escalating clashes within the opposition camp over the issue of leadership. Mamata’s aggression followed her victory in the West Bengal elections, leading her to believe that she could use her victory over the BJP for a national role. Now it has to be seen how NCP, Shiv Sena, JMM and DMK are done.