After Congress’ bitter loss in Gujarat Elections, no Opposition party so far has come up with strategical meetings for the Parliament’s Winter Session. Just when people started speculating about a probable face-off between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi in 2019 elections, Mamata Banerjee couldn’t stay far behind. “My leader Mamata Banerjee has the best credentials to take on BJP in 2019,” TMC’s Rajya Sabha leader, Derek O’Brien, said on Wednesday. “I do not have to go around with her CV. She has experience, credibility and credentials. Bengal will have a very important role to play in 2019.” While Congress continues to obstruct the Parliament so far, Trinamool Congress has not yet become a part of this session. Derek said, ” “Our strategy in Parliament is that we think Parliament is a place to debate, deliberate and legislate. You have to ask Congress about their strategy.”
Talking about few crucial elements which the party wants to bring during the session are lack of jobs, the problems on Aadhaar and the FRDI (Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance) Bill. He also added that had been the “prime mover and motivator” behind issues like Demonetisation, FRDI and GST. The Congress and the Trinamool Congress are the two largest Opposition parties and the floor coordination between the two has been the mainstay of Opposition unity over the last few sessions.
It is surprising how Mamata Banerjee who shares a very cordial relationship with former Congress President Sonia Gandhi has not yet congratulated Rahul Gandhi after his coronation as the party’s President. Party sources say Rahul taking over the reins cannot mean it is business as usual for the UPA as he is way junior to the leaders of all other constituent parties including Mamata.
The Trinamool Congress, the CPI and the DMK were the only parties that occupied the Sonia-Rahul high table when the party threw a valedictory dinner for the outgoing President. But seems like Trinamool is not ready to forget easily Congress’s apathy when party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay was in jail or when TMC was cornered during the Narada Sting operation.