CALLING THE Congress’s state unit an “extension” of the Left Front, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday expressed confidence of coming back to power after the assembly elections due in a couple of months.
“Last time (in 2011) the Congress won seats because they were in an alliance with us. But we will do better than the last time. For five years, the Congress has been hand-in-glove with the Left and have merely been an extension of them. Let them forge an unholy alliance. We have an alliance with the masses and no one can stop our victory,” Mamata said at the state secretariat, Nabanna.
A senior TMC leader added, “Our party will benefit from their alliance. What the Congress seems to have not realised is that most people in the state haven’t forgotten the misrule of the Left Front during their three decades in power. This might help the Left to a certain extent, allowing them to enter certain hardcore Congress seats. But it will destroy the Congress in Bengal.”
The Congress, on the other hand, rejected this prediction. “The reality is that she (Mamata) is afraid. Nothing more, nothing less. She is afraid because she knows that the people want this (Congress-CPM) alliance to throw her out of power,” said party’s state president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
The party also alleged that the Trinamool, despite its numerous protests against the Centre, is increasingly getting closer to the Narendra Modi-led government.
“The BJP has realised that it has no future in the state. So, it is getting soft on its criticism of the TMC. Where are the protests? Why the silence over Saradha scam? Where is Amit Shah’s vehemence? They have eased off and are focusing on Assam,” said a senior leader.