With the reported rise of BJP as the main Opposition party in West Bengal and keeping in mind the opposition unity during the 2019 Lok Sabha elctions, Congress wants to get closer to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
With the reported rise of BJP as the main Opposition party in West Bengal and keeping in mind the opposition unity during the 2019 Lok Sabha elctions, Congress wants to get closer to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, according to Indian Express report. It has been learnt that Congress high command has instructed its Bengal unit to ‘go easy on its criticism on Chief Minister Banerjee’ and avoid ‘personal attacks’. Congress, however, ruled out staying away from the ‘opposition politics’ at the level of governance in West Bengal, IE reported.
In July, Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chouwdhury had ruled out the possibility of joining hands with the Trinamool Congress. But things have changed since as the proximity between CM Mamata and the Congress high command has been growing. Future of a Left-Congress alliance in Bengal looking bleak, according to Indian Express report. “There are concerns. But ahead of 2019, the Bengal unit has been asked to go easy on criticising Mamata Banerjee. Opposition politics on issues such as governance, law and order situation and industry can continue. But not personal attacks,” according to the report.
However, Chowudhury had communicated his reservations over possibility of forging an alliance with Mamata Banerjee to party vice president Rahul Gandhi. “The concern is that if such an alliance is formed, then the Congress needs to ensure that there is a movement building up to it that will allow the party to have enough bargaining power,” according to the report.
On the other hand, CM Banerjee was in constant touch with the Congress high command. Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad serving as the prime point of contact. “Congress in Bengal has to operate in this situation. While there are those in Delhi and Kolkata who would want an alliance with the Trinamool for the larger purpose of an alliance against Narendra Modi, the larger concern is what will it cost the Bengal unit,” a leader close to Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Indian Express.