The CPM has termed the bonhomie between Trinamool Congress and the Congress in Delhi as a sign of Mamata Banerjee’s “weakness to tackle the Left in West Bengal all by herself”.
“Mamata is on a sticky wicket in Bengal so she is desperate for allies to fight against the Left. In any case, Congress and the TMC were the joint architects in delaying the Saradha chit fund probe process during the
UPA regime,” Mohammed Salim, CPM MP from Raiganj, told The Indian Express.
Mamata called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi at 10, Janpath on Wednesday, setting off speculation about a renewed alliance with Bengal going to the polls next year.
While Mamata termed her visit as “apolitical” and a “courtesy call”, the Left called it her desperate attempt
to “find relevance in the national scene”.
“She seems to be willing to partner with anyone and everyone because TMC alone is not enough to tackle the Left on its own. This exposes her weakness more than anything else,” Salim said.
The comments from the Left leader came in the backdrop of TMC MPs lending a hand to Congress MPs in their agitation against the government over the National Herald case in Parliament for the past couple of days.
The TMC has staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha in protest against the government, signalling solidarity with the Congress’s cause. Similarly, the Congress MPs have also been seen hobnobbing with TMC members like Saugata Roy and others on the floor of the Lok Sabha.