Congress To Form Alliance With Mamata Banerjee In Bengal

BP World Bureau | Aug 13 2019 12:32:09 PM
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KOLKATA: The Congress party is currently in talks with the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to form a pact for the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections to prevent Bharatiya Janata Party from coming to power.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke to Trinamool’s Lok Sabha chief whip Kalyan Banerjee during last week's budget session of the parliament.

Gandhi tried to enhance the coordination between the two parties. Top calls will be taken by the respective leaders, TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Congress party and the Trinamool Congress entered into an alliance a decade ago for the Lok Sabha polls after Left parties withdrew their support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

They fought the elections together but parted ways in 2013 over various reasons.

West Bengal is the third-largest electoral state in the country with 42 representatives to the Lok Sabha. TMC got 43% popular vote in the state with BJP behind at the close of 40% votes.

As per reports, after Gandhi's talks, both sides expressed their interest to form an alliance. Mamata Banerjee kept her communications open with senior Congress leaders such as Ahmed Patel and Anand Sharma.

Kalyan Banerjee in an interview revealed both TMC and Congress see BJP as their main enemy and they want to keep their enemy out.

Economist Prasenjit Bose said that they need to be worried because the BJP came as close as 40% in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in the state of West Bengal.

He opined that unless Trinamool has a clear cut strategy they are vulnerable to defeat at the hands of the BJP.

Congress faced a massive defeat the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi resigned as the chief of Congress. Sonia Gandhi took over as the chief temporarily.