TMC hopes to play pivot in uniting secular forces in national politics

Mamata Banerjee had chalked out a three-point programme to counter the rise of the saffron brigade in the state.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published:November 1, 2016 10:52 am
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Seeking to play a major role in national politics post-2019, the TMC wants to unite secular parties against the ‘divisive politics’ of BJP and RSS. TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee few days back had asked her party leaders to prepare a booklet highlighting the evils of communal politics and dangers of the rise of BJP and RSS throughout the country.

“We want to unite the secular forces and parties across the country. The TMC will play a pivotal role and act as a glue to hold the secular forces together. The booklet will talk about the methods to counter the evils of communalism and divisive politics,” a senior TMC leader told PTI.

The draft for the booklet has been prepared and is waiting for the final nod of the top leadership, the leader said. Apart from the call against communal politics, the booklet will also have details about the achievements of the TMC government, its policies and the Singur land acquisition.

Banerjee had chalked out a three-point programme to counter the rise of the saffron brigade in the state.

The booklet is part of that three point programme to counter these forces as well as conducting small rallies and street corner meeting from November 3- November 11 throughout the state, where the dangers of communalism and the threat BJP-RSS possesses to the state will be highlighted.

It will also talk about TMC’s aggressive stance against the BJP in the upcoming Parliament session. TMC sources said the party leadership is keenly awaiting the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, as it will indicate in which way the wind is blowing.

“We are waiting for the outcome of the UP polls, as the results will make lot of things clear about which way the wind is blowing. The BJP is fast losing popularity throughout the country, the Congress is still in a mess. There is a still a vacuum in opposition space.

“As time passes, the call for anti-BJP platform will gain momentum. We want to fill that vacuum. After the massive mandate in West Bengal Assembly polls the popularity of TMC is all time high,” another senior TMC leader and MP said.

The TMC leader regretted that irrespective of TMC winning 34 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 polls, the party didn’t have any role to play in national politics as BJP on its own managed a majority.

“We couldn’t play a major role after 2014. But the situation will not be the same after 2019. Be it a secular front or federal front, the anti-BJP front can’t be formed without TMC,” the TMC leader said.

The vacuum of the opposition political space is fast being explored by the BJP and other Hindutva forces. The TMC leadership is, therefore, now facing a challenge from these forces, which it hopes to counter emphatically in days to come.

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    Debasish Sarkar
    Nov 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    Here Secular means Sickular and DIDI tries to sail these leaking Boat during coming Elections? Her main aim is to consolidate these Dying/decaying parties and give them new lies of lives, Rejuvenate and unite them as MAGATABANDHAN MEGA-JOHTHA to face off their only dreaded RAVANA who is now in action to consolidate His power in W India and He fortifies His power in Center?? lt;br/gt;I thing DID has miss the Boat of negotiation offered by the BJP few years ago. And for that reason She will lose the coming election miserably and he will be History Soon.
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      Chandrashekhar Deshpande
      Nov 1, 2016 at 8:58 am
      For all Mamtaz All Mulayams All Rahuls and All Mayavatiz ,All Lalooz 'Secular' means who sings Lallyaby in the lap of anti Hindus
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        Dr M
        Nov 1, 2016 at 7:28 am
        What she means to say is she will lead disparate power mongers of different hues for further chaos and confusion leading to further backwardness. The voters should remain alert/be educated about the utter failure of opportunistic Govts foisted on the country by V P Singh, Chandrasekhar, Deve Gouda and I K Gujral for short periods. lt;br/gt;While the much essential Janata Govt should have continued, this collapsed due to internal bickeringsleading to Charan Sigh Govt.Even Vajpayee with all his good intents could not manage the likes of ambiious Mamata, Maya,Jayalalithaa and Chandrababu Naidu.lt;br/gt;Each voter will regret in leisure if he gives in to the divisive idea of secular vs communal fight in a hurry.
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          Raman Govindan
          Nov 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm
          she had acted as minister for railways of w Bengal not of the Indian railways. now she mayact as the PM for w bengal she maty reverse the decision of the colonial govt. to shift the capital to Delhi,and bring it back again to Kolkutta! that may be good for the nation. .
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            Raman Govindan
            Nov 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm
            secularism means many thing to many people but one is sure for Rahul, Mulayam/his son, Mayaathi,and nitish, it means they should be accepted as the PM candidate!
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              Mohan
              Nov 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm
              Can she define secularism? In our country it is just a hypocracy.. If she is really secular ,then she should support the common civil law. . but I am sure she is not brave enough to do that.
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                Ram
                Nov 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm
                This islamist who was chided by courts for obstructing Hindus from performing their Durga immersions to please islamists, is worried about Yechuri-CPM playing secular 'glue' role as well as the attempts being made by Kejri, Nitesh, Maya now Mulayam tbecome alternative 'secular' leader to replace disgraced Rahul-Sonia leadersip for opposition leadership space. There are others like Pawar, Deve Gowda, Lallu even old fox Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha probably with more MPs than all parties except BJP. So this is desperate move to showcase that she also is there in the race with Kejri,Nitesh,Mulayam etc.
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                  s.r.reddy
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 10:58 pm
                  it would be better to call her Mamtaz begam instead of Mamta benerji.
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