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

The Congress lost no time in levelling criticisms at the TMC.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: April 17, 2014 12:25 am

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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  1. Nalini Ghosh
    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    Partha Chatterjee is correct.TMC won't go after the Congress or the BJP,though it had been the Partner of both the Parties from the year 1998 to September,2013 excepting the period from 2002 to 2008 when it had only One MP pf Lok Sabha.Since TMC has become very strong in Bengal and likely to win 30 LS seats from Bengal out of 42 as per opinion poll conducted several times,it is very much likely that the Congress and BJP shall knock the door of TMC for joining the Federal Front and both the Parties maY REQUEST THE TMC CHIEF TO LEAD THE COUNTRY BY ACCEPTING THE POST OF PRIME MINISTER.And for this reason Parths Chatterjee has informed that FF shall be effective only after the elections results which would be declared on 16th May,2014.There shall be a rush from all the Parties to join the Federal Front so that they ay secure the coveted Ministry which gives enough milk.So,Federal Front is not a day dream .It is real.People shall come to know only after the election results like a juggler who produces a Hat in his hand just twisting it in the air.