The Trinamool Congress Party’s support to the Goods and Service Tax (GST), Real Estate, and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bills, can play a critical role in passing them in the Rajya Sabha in the Budget Session. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done well by indicating Mamata Banerjee that he needs her support.
Keeping the political bickering of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over the prospects in the upcoming crucial assembly elections in West Bengal in April-May aside, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done well by indicating the state chief minister Mamata Banerjee that he considered TMC an important stakeholder in getting the reform Bills passed in the Rajya Sabha.
While the presence of senior NDA ministers, including finance minister Arun Jaitley in the Bengal Global Business Summit earlier this month sent out a positive message, PM Modi has now gone ahead and tweeted that he has received “touching” New Year greetings from Mamata Banerjee for which he thanked her and wished her a great year 2016.
“Received very touching New Year greetings from @MamataOfficial ji & that too in Gujarati! I thank Mamata Didi & wish her a great 2016,” he tweeted and the TMC chief responded through another tweet, “Glad you liked the New Year greetings I sent you in Gujarati. Thanks too @narendramodi ji for the greetings you sent me in Bengali”.
Though it is early to take this exchange of tweets as a clear sign of a possible TMC support to the NDA government in passing the reform legislations in Parliament, especially when the assembly election is due in West Bengal soon and all the major political parties in the state – BJP, TMC, Left and Congress – are exploring alliance possibilities; the TMC-BJP relationship appears to be much better today than it was earlier in terms of actions in Parliament.
This may help the NDA government in conducting the legislative business better in Parliament in the Budget session.
There is no doubt that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee can play a crucial role in getting the critical economic reform legislations including the goods and services tax (GST), Real Estate, and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bills passed in the Rajya Sabha.
Balancing the BJP’s interest in the West Bengal assembly election and that of the NDA government at the Centre, therefore, will be critical here for PM Modi going ahead.
The TMC support to the NDA’s reform legislations, it has 2 members in the upper house, would better the chances of bringing other non-NDA parties on board and will also put pressure on the Congress party to find a way out to pass them or face isolation in Parliament.
PM Modi knows this better than anybody and appears to be playing his cards deftly, finally.