After the sweeping success of the Trinamool Congress, which won 34 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, party supremo Mamata Banerjee Friday said her MPs will keep a watch on the performance of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and will playing the role of a “strong and constructive” opposition.
“We will be a strong opposition. We can contest and question every decision the government would take. We will do constructive politics,” Mamata was quoted by party insiders as saying during an emergency “national council meeting” convened here to discuss the Lok Sabha results in Bengal.
She said the TMC MPs won’t not indulge in “malicious politics like the CPM”. “We cannot be like the CPM that used block the central grants and funds for Bengal by joining hands with Congress,” she said in the meeting where all of party MPs, MLAs, senior leaders and district and block level leaders were present
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Mamata also blamed the Congress for the BJP’s ascent to power and claimed that only TMC is the only force that can emerge as the “ anti- communal” force in the country.
“The fall of Congress began the day when we left UPA. They did not have confidence in any of their allies. They continued drowning in corruption and are destroyed now,” Mamata said, adding that as a result “a communal force has emerged as a major force”. “But we know they have spent thousands of crores to win.
They bought votes. We do not do communal and divisive politics,” she said.
She also blamed “factional feud” in her party for BJP gains in West Bengal. “There are moles in the party and I will identify them. I have every detail of the results and I know at what level who played politics,” she said.
She also urged her party workers to always be prepared for elections. “Do think that you can rest for next five years? The politics has become very unpredictable. Elections can be declared in a year or in a couple of years too,” she added.
Mamata, who effected a major organisational reshuffle during the day, said that a plan of action had to be chalked up immediately for the assembly election in 2016 and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election next year.
Later TMC national general secretary Mukul Roy said that the party was just one MP behind the AIADMK and only 10 behind “one of the largest and century old Indian National Congress”. “We are an important force in national politics now. We now have a total of 46 MPs including 34 in Lok Sabha and 12 in Rajya Sabha,” he said, adding that “Mamata Banerjee is going to be a major force in national politics.”