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Mamata’s federal front only to surface after polls, says Partha

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The TMC on Wednesday seemed to be putting its idea of a Federal Front, which it had floated two months ago, on the back burner, with the party’s general secretary, Partha Chatterjee, stating that the leadership “will wait for its formation until the Lok Sabha elections are over”.

“We are not going with the Congress or the BJP at any cost. Our leader (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee has made it very clear. We will look for alternative forces after the elections and through their help, we plan to build a front,’’ Chatterjee today said during the press programme meet at Calcutta Journalists’ Club.

Even though Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had called Mamata after the latter stated she was “ready to accept her (Mayawati) as the prime minister,” and two other leaders – TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress’ Jaganmohan Reddy met Bengal CM at Nabanna, the Front “\did not find many takers” later upon.

The Congress lost no time in levelling criticisms at the TMC. “Federal Front is all a daydream. Let them decide who will be their prime minister, Jayalalitha or Mamata,’’ West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

For the TMC, however, no political party is its “principal opposition” in the state. “We consider all of them equal. We have got people with us,’’ Chatterjee said, and took the opportunity to yet again criticise the Centre for “depriving the state of its legitimate dues”.

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