West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra stated his party won’t seek support from Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to shape the following authorities or assist her bid to emerge as the top minister in case the overall election effects throw up a hung Parliament.

Terming Banerjee the “biggest and maximum-depended on ally” of RSS-BJP, Mitra stated in an interview to PTI that she and her birthday celebration lack credibility as an anti-BJP pressure.

He claimed Banerjee has saved her “options open” to assist BJP, if required, submit polls.

“I can say this with a full obligation that Congress won’t search for help from Mamata Banerjee or TMC to form the following government in case we fall brief of majority.

“We won’t want her to assist. We might form the authorities on our own with UPA allies. UPA might get a comfortable majority,” Mitra said.


Banerjee has often claimed that Congress may not be capable of shape the government on its own without her aid. She had organized a rally of competition parties in Kolkata in January but it changed into now not attended by way of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, its possibly PM candidate.

Congress had despatched birthday party leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Mallikarjun Kharge and a letter of help from Gandhi to Banerjee’s “United India” rally.

Asked if Congress would aid Banerjee for top ministership, Mitra stated Congress could neither are seeking Banerjee’s aid “nor wouldn’t it support her top ministership”.

“Why does she need us,” he wondered, likely knowing that Congress guide could be needed in case of a hung Parliament.

“TMC’s every step is a calculated move to assist BJP in Bengal and in pan-India politics. She is the largest and maximum-relied on best friend of BJP,” he stated, including that Banerjee needs to first clear whether she would help BJP or not in case it falls brief of majority and Narendra Modi is now not its PM candidate.

“It is an open mystery in Bengal that TMC is having expertise with BJP-RSS. She would not have credibility within the fight in opposition to BJP and RSS, as an alternative, she has saved her options to help BJP in a publish-ballot state of affairs,” the seventy seven-yr-old Congress president stated.

Referring to Banerjee’s claim that Congress has joined hands with RSS-BJP in Malda and Murshidabad district — strongholds of Congress, Mitra termed the allegations baseless.

He stated she is “intentionally making false allegations and attacking Congress and different secular forces inside the country to polarize minority votes in her favour and majority votes in BJP’s favour.”

Listing out political trends pointing at a TMC-BJP nexus in Bengal, Mitra stated the lack of development in chit-fund scam investigation and Banerjee’s attempt to cobble up a federal the front to weaken the opposition solidarity are adequate examples of nexus between both the parties.

“The Supreme Court has ordered CBI research within the chit-fund scam on the basis of the case filed by using Congress chief Abdul Mannan. But what’s the development of the investigation on this rip-off by means of CBI in ultimate 5 years? The answer is zero. Is it now not an example of know-how among both the events,” he wondered.

During polling in Coochbehar Lok Sabha seat on April 11, there have been court cases about malpractices. The BJP has been talking approximately deployment of principal forces. “So what turned into the valuable forces doing whilst votes had been looted in Coochbehar,” Mitra questioned.

“She is propagating opposition team spirit with out Congress. Is it viable in our usa in which you may simply writ off a celebration like Congress in fight against BJP. Actually that is being intentionally finished to weaken the opposition unity and divide it and help BJP,” he said.

Mitra, a veteran Congressman who had moved to TMC in 2008, lower back to his determine birthday party in 2014 and took over the put up of president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee after an opening of a long time in 2018.

Bengal, with its forty two Lok Sabha seats, has the third-biggest proportion in Parliament after Uttar Pradesh (80) and Maharashtra (48).

While TMC has set a target of triumphing all 42 seats, the BJP, which has emerged as the main challenger to Trinamool Congress in Bengal, has set an ambitious target of 23 seats in the kingdom.

Buffeted through a constant erosion in its vote financial institution and exodus of its leaders and workers to the country’s ruling TMC and a resurgent BJP, the Congress is fighting a grim struggle to stay applicable in West Bengal politics in Lok Sabha elections.

Exuding self assurance of keeping the four seats Congress currently has — Malda North, Malda South, Baharampore, Jangipur, Mitra asserted his celebration would improve its tally and vote proportion in Bengal.

“I am now not an astrologer to expect how many number of seats we would win this time. But we’d preserve all 4 seats, boom both our tally and our vote proportion,” he stated.

Leaders from various events have joined Congress in ultimate twelve months and defection of a number of Congress leaders to TMC or BJP “might not have any effect”, he said in a reference to 17 Congress MLAs and one MP switching over to TMC in closing three years.

Asked why Congress-CPI(M) seat-sharing deal failed, Mitra evaded stepping into a blame game and said the failure may not effect his party’s possibilities in Bengal.

“It is for humans to determine why it (seat sharing) did not manifest. You ought to ask CPI(M) why failed to take place,” he stated.

The Congress has previously accused the CPI(M) of not following the “alliance dharma”.

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