Saradha, poll equations bring Mamata Banerjee closer to Congress

Last session, the Trinamool Congress was largely alone when its MPs protested against CBI action in the Saradha chit fund scam.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:December 10, 2015 1:38 am
saradha scam, tmc congress, tmc west bengal, polls west bengal, kolkata news, west bengal news, mamata banerjee, india news Mamata Banerjee with Arvind Kejriwal, whom she showed around Parliament’s Central Hall Wednesday. (Source: Praveen Khanna)

Whether it is because of the dangling Saradha sword or for fear of a possible Congress-Left tie-up in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress has stood out from the rest of the Opposition in the way it has rallied behind the Congress.

On Wednesday, Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien said in the Rajya Sabha that when there is a political vendetta happening across the country, the matter needs to be raised. Lok Sabha MPs, for their part, walked out in protest against alleged political vendetta. On Tuesday, most Trinamool Lok Sabha had stood up in solidarity with agitating Congress MPs, while party chief Mamata Banerjee had unambiguously supported Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance to appear in court in the National Herald case. On Wednesday, Mamata met Sonia to wish her on her birthday, though she said later that there were no political discussions.

Last session, the Trinamool Congress was largely alone when its MPs protested against CBI action in the Saradha chit fund scam. With three Trinamool MPs and a former West Bengal minister in jail, it makes political sense now for the party to join forces with the Congress. What would have been topmost in Trinamool strategists’ minds, however, is the assembly elections.

Over the past few weeks there has been talk about a possible tie-up between the Congress and the Left in the state. Mamata told journalists Tuesday, “In my state they (Congress) are with the Left, in some places they are also with the BJP.” A Left-Congress tie-up would bode ill for the Trinamool.

In the Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool had a vote share of 39%, the CPM 23%, the BJP 17% and Congress 10%. Trinamool insiders no longer see the BJP as an effective vote-splitter, hence their wariness about a Congress-Left consolidation. “Had the BJP done well in Bihar, it could have got a large vote share in Bengal. Now, the anti-incumbency vote will go to the Left and our job will might just get a little bit difficult if the Congress is thrown into that mix,” a Trinamool insider said.

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    Karunakaran
    Dec 11, 2015 at 1:47 am
    Both Mr Nitish Kumar and Mr Rahul hi have a duty to prepare themselves for the role of the next PM. Why is it a duty? Several developed countries around the world see these two as able leaders who have the style and the substance to lead a mammoth country like India forward. India has many problems. The move forward must be of inclusive nature. Both Mr Nitish Kumar and Mr Rahul hi are inclusive in what they are doing. Both are statesmen. The current PM is a non-eny. Not many leaders around the world have any regard for the current selfie hunter. India has lost an enormous opportunity by letting the current one on the hot seat on the strength of the 31% voters.
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      Debasish Sarkar
      Dec 11, 2015 at 10:56 am
      Modi's silly softy approach to deal with Mamata is not helping our democracy. We the Indians asking strong and stern action against Mamata didi and her TMC led WB administration, which is bringing havoc on Citizens of west Bengal. Law and order situation is deteriorating every day, women are not safe in Kolkata streets, In rural Bengal- the pictures are equally grim, where murders, looting , kidnaps, rapes of women, and child/girls trafficking are quite rife and going in m scale. furthermore- Quite few MLA/Netas of Mamatadi's cabinet are members of BD-Islamic terrorist organization and they established quite few terrorist- slipper cells all over WB. DIDI knows it but keeps quet. Only our MHA/NSA have dug out these w Diabolical designs till date to de-stabilize w NE regions security wise. My question- why Mamata Administration still in power?? I strongly demand that immediately arrest this DIDI and president rule should be imposed now.
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        truthsayer
        Dec 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm
        Where are those Award waapsi Gang members? Are their ears and eyes open...Are they really deserve those awards or they were given to support all Scamsters?
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          truthsayer
          Dec 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm
          Now corrupts & ideny lost team doesn't have any option left... The way new projects are implemented and existing projects were overhauled the progress and development is on the right path and scaring them....voter who can read will not vote for them...
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            Mohan
            Dec 10, 2015 at 4:27 am
            nationalists & development focus team Vs corrupts & ideny lost team
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              Shyam
              Dec 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm
              Nobody in the Political circles of India is interested in the development of the country. All Scamsters are joining hands during the election period. Sharadha scam investigation must be completed on TOP PRIORITY and action taken fast. NAMO need not worry about the shouting of Con(Scam)gress and all the other party politicians and carry out the cleansing of the country. NAMO should take action to DEBAR all the politicians who disrupt the functioning of the Parliament on personal reasons like what is happening in National Herald case. If he takes action on this aspect, NO INDIAN (the real sense INDIAN) will object to it. During UPA rule NDA paralyzed the Parliament on the genuine cause of taking action against corruption and the present action cannot be compared with that and hence he need not have any bad feelings in his heart. BE INDIAN AND STRIVE FOR A BETTER INDIA. "JAI HIND".
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                seenivasan
                Dec 10, 2015 at 11:22 am
                what tolerant country India is ? all scam esters are joined together the point is what west people call 505 Indians are s that is reason India is not developed ?
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                1. उर्मिला.अशोक.शहा
                  Dec 11, 2015 at 12:38 am
                  vande matram- MAMATAA will side with BJP as political compulsion if congres and left unite against. By all means BJP will put up good fight and better show even if it has nigligiable presence. ja g te r ho
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