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Mamata keeps options open on post-poll tie-up

TMC’s attempts to stitch together a front of the regional parties are being viewed in that light.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2013 12:35:55 am

Avoiding any direct reply to questions on whether she perceived a “Modi wave”,West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday played safe saying the BJP’s recent victories “could not be attributed to one individual” and that there was an anti-Congress mood in the country.

“I will not comment on any individual but the recent poll results show that people are angry with the Congress and wherever they got the chance they voted against it,” Mamata told reporters when asked about the influence of Modi in the BJP’s recent victories.

Mamata’s silence on the question of any possible post-poll understanding with the BJP is being seen as a political statement in itself. “All I can say is that we are neither with the Congress nor with the BJP. We will go alone,” she said. “Why name a baby which isn’t even born yet?” she quipped.

Mamata and TMC party MP Dinesh Trivedi had a 45-minute meeting with Syed Ahmed Bukhari,the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid. The TMC said it was a courtesy call since she was unable to attend Bukhari son’s reception on Saturday.

In Delhi on a three-day visit,Mamata went to the Central Hall of Parliament and was seen speaking to BJP senior leaders among others. Agriculture Minister Shard Pawar and daughter Supriya Sule too came to meet her at the hall.

Mamata also spoke to YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy and told him that she was not interested in supporting the no-confidence motion even though she supported their cause of an undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Sources said as per TMC’s reading of the political scenario,any turnaround by the Congress in 2014 — with or without a prime ministerial candidate — is an uphill task,if not impossible,and that the BJP’s numbers could well be better than that of the Congress. The TMC’s attempts to stitch together a front of the regional parties are being viewed in that light.

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