Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee suffered yet another setback as her appeal to the Left parties and Congress to come together with her to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not reciprocated, reports The Hindu.
Taking a dig at Mamata, Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member Mohammed Salim tweeted, “We can't say about the Congress but the CPI(M) is under no compulsion of saving Mamata Banerjee's career. She has lost the moral right of giving this call of fighting the BJP in Bengal. The TMC does not have any credibility to fight fascism.”
Similar thoughts were echoed by the leaders of the Congress and Left parties in the West Bengal Assembly. Abdul Mannan and Sujan Chakraborty, blamed Mamata for the rise of the BJP in the state.
Meanwhile, Congress MP in Rajya Sabha Pradip Bhattacharya clarified his party's stance by saying that that discussions on a possible alliance between the two can happen only after the 17 MLAs poached by the Trinamool return back to the Congress.
The All India Forward Bloc, an ally of CPI(M) said that Mamata Banerjee should realise how she systematically destroyed the Left ecosystem in the state by putting false cases on their leaders, taking over their party offices and poaching their MLAs.
The West Bengal Chief Minister had, on Wednesday (26 June), openly given a call for the Left, Congress and TMC to unite while addressing the state assembly. Calling on her former foes Mamata said, “It is important for us to work together. This is for a greater interest.”
Meanwhile, the BJP state unit has stated that all the opposition parties uniting would only end up helping it.
“If a CPI(M) worker or Congress supporter is asked to go with the Trinamool, which has been attacking them and taking over their party offices, he will defy the leadership and join us,” BJP leader Mukul Roy said.