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For 2nd Day In Row, Mamata Banerjee Frets About Horse-Trading After Polls


“They have so much money. They are buying up everyone,” Mamata Banerjee stated. (File)

Kolkata:

For the second time in two days, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress boss Mamata Banerjee has voiced considerations concerning the BJP resorting to horse-trading after the elections in case the distinction in numbers of seats between the 2 events is slim.

This has refocused consideration on Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s assertion yesterday about possibilities of help to Mamata Banerjee if wanted after May 2. Mr Chowdhury had denied the likelihood however signed off saying, “Politics is the art of the possible. Anything can happen.”

Speaking at a rally at Domjur in Howrah on Thursday, Ms Banerjee stated, “They have so much money. They are buying up everyone. Many political leaders have been bought already. Many traitors and Mir Jaffars purchased. They are saying, you need money? Take this. Just don’t campaign. Or they are giving money and saying pay back later, meaning, come with the BJP later. This is not Bengal’s culture.”

On Wednesday, at Cooch Behar, she stated, “It is no use to me winning my seat alone. My vote is done. I will win. Wherever I stand, I will win. But I cannot form a government if I win alone. Out of 294 seats, I need a minimum of 200. We have to cross 200. Otherwise, the BJP will give money and buy up some traitors.”

As Mamata Banerjee places in place a post-poll technique in case of a skinny win, may Adhir Chowdhury’s assertion sign a glimmer of hope? On Wednesday, at a meet-the-press occasion on the Kolkata Press Club, the Congress chief of Bengal was requested, if Trinamool wants assist to type a authorities, will Congress assist?

“I have no answer to hypothetical questions. We are fighting to capture the state secretariat Nabanna. Mamata Banerjee has lost. I don’t know where she will go. It may happen that when we are capturing the secretariat, Mamata Banerjee may appeal to Samyukta Morcha to save herself,” Mr Chowdhury stated, including, “Politics is the art of the possible, anything than happen.”

The query was, will Congress assist Trinamool type authorities in Bengal if wanted? Adhir Chowdhury is such a staunch critic of Mamata Banerjee, the anticipated reply was an unequivocal ‘Never’.

That he stated what he did – that politics is the artwork of the attainable – sparked a lot hypothesis that he could have meant sure, the get together had put out an indignant rejoinder, calling that interpretation pretend information.

Pradip Bhattacharjee, Congress MP, stated, “Politics is the art of possible is theoretical, utopian. The situation at this moment is so fluid that no conclusion by any political party or person.”

The absence of star Congress campaigners in Bengal up to now has additionally set tongues wagging concerning the Congress’s actual stand on Trinamool. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigned extensively in Kerala and Assam. Why not Bengal? Is that due to a smooth spot for Mamata Banerjee in some Congress quarters not shared by Adhir Chowdhury? The Congress says Rahul Gandhi will come to strongholds Malda and Murshidabad that vote in later phases.

Meanwhile, since writing to Sonia Gandhi on the necessity for opposition unity towards BJP, Mamata’s tirade towards Congress is toned down. In the previous, she would blast all three companions within the Samyukta Morcha – the Left, Congress and the Indian Secular Front – with equal vehemence. But currently, her wrath has been particularly reserved for the ISF which she has accused of making an attempt to divide the minority vote that has historically gone with the Trinamool Congress.

On May 2, if the Trinamool and BJP emerge neck-and-neck, Congress insiders admit the get together will not have a selection, together with the Left, however to help Trinamool. But the BJP’s detractors say it might already be reaching out to candidates with affords too good to refuse. That rivalry has been dismissed by the BJP as a case of bitter grapes.

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