To take on BJP, Trinamool likely to call meet of ‘like-minded parties’

Mamata’s statement came in the backdrop of a series of incidents, ranging from the alleged fake encounter killing of SIMI activists in Madhya Pradesh, ban on NDTV and the OROP suicide row.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Published:November 13, 2016 4:11 am
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to convene a meeting of the leaders of different regional parties at Delhi in the coming days to unitedly attack the BJP for their “dictatorial governance”, “communal politics” and “weakening of the federal structure”, said sources. The demonetisation issue too would feature in the planned meeting, sources said.

A senior Trinamool Congress leader told The Indian Express that in the case of such a public meeting in Delhi, both Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal would be invited. Earlier this month, Mamata had indicated that she was ready to play a larger role in national politics and had said, “I am appealing to all political parties. I have to tell all my friends to come together and sit together. Let us fight together…We have been fighting alone. If anybody comes, it is up to them. Whatever is happening is not in the spirit of federalism and our country. Questioning the government doesn’t make you anti-national. Nobody should question our patriotism. We all love our country. No one is anti-Indian.”

Sources confirmed that Nitish and Kejriwal had supported Mamata’s push for a meeting in Delhi, likely to be timed alongside the Winter Session of the Parliament that begins on November 16. On Thursday too, the TMC chief called upon all opposition parties to work together against the “anti-poor government at the Centre”.

Mamata’s statement came in the backdrop of a series of incidents, ranging from the alleged fake encounter killing of SIMI activists in Madhya Pradesh, ban on NDTV and the OROP-related suicide of a retired army personnel in Delhi. While the outrage on the issues has become muted following the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, a party leader explained that “this did not mean, they were unimportant”.

“The issue at hand is that there is a steady, politically motivated attempt to weaken the Opposition, silence them and create an environment where any opposition to the BJP is immediately deemed anti-national. In a diverse country like India, such politics is extremely harmful,” said the leader.

The CM’s continuing criticism of Modi government days before the winter session of the Parliament isn’t without cause. With the Left declining, TMC fears that RSS-BJP is slowly gaining ground in the state, particularly after a spate of alleged communal clashes after Muharram and Durga Puja last month. Mamata had then issued a three-point agenda, wherein party leaders were asked to go for an all-out attack on the BJP during the Winter Session of Parliament.

Previously, Mamata had tasked her party with a three-point plan to fight the rise of RSS in the state. Party MPs have been instructed to become more vocal in the Parliament against alleged misdeeds of the BJP while TMC will also bring out a booklet containing all the “misdeeds”of the NDA government —- depriving the state of central funds, intervention in federal structure, creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the state.