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Saugata Roy on Rahul: ‘People want a viable alternative’

 Saugata Roy Saugata Roy
Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Posted: January 20, 2014 12:53 am | Updated: February 5, 2014 6:15 pm

Mocking Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement on providing more subsidised LPG cylinders, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy Sunday said people will vote for a viable alternative other than the Congress and the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections.

“When we walked out of the UPA in 2012 protesting the less number of subsidised cylinders, they (Congress) didn’t pay heed to it. But after losing Assembly elections in four states they have realised it,” Roy said.

Rahul Gandhi, who is heading the Congress’s campaign had demanded Friday in the AICC session that the number of subsidised LPG cylinders should be increased.

“Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin. In the next Lok Sabha elections, people will vote for a viable alternative. It has already happened in the Delhi Assembly elections. We feel the prospects of a federal front are bright in the upcoming general elections,” he said. The issue of an anti-Congress, anti-BJP federal front was tossed up by the West Bengal CM and Trinamool chairperson Mamata Banerjee after her party walked out of the
UPA government over the decision to allow FDI in retail trade.

Roy added the Trinamool will maintain equi-distance from both the Congress and the BJP.

“TMC will maintain equi-distance from the BJP and the Congress. The common man’s basic demand is ‘roti-kapda-makan’ (food-clothes-housing). Neither the BJP nor the Congress can provide it to the common man,” Roy added.

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