Deepa Dasmunsi told Rahul Gandhi that the party should not take any decision that will wipe out the party from the state and honour sentiments of Congress workers who are still holding the Congress flag aloft under TMC attack, said sources.
A section, which has the backing of state chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, is favouring a tie-up with Left parties to fight Banerjee while another is suggesting that the party should enter into an understanding with the Trinamool Congress to counter the BJP.
Shaktisinh Gohil, AICC general secretary in-charge of Bihar, said a thin line separates internal democracy and indiscipline, and asked the state leadership to convey to the leaders and MLAs not to breach the line.
Chavan said the Congress is ready for polls but is working together to forge a grand alliance to ensure that there is no division in anti-BJP votes, a lesson the party has learnt perhaps from the recent Palghar Lok Sabha by-elections which the BJP won.
Days before he demits office as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, P J Kurien on Tuesday said the trend of both the government and opposition indulging in “one-upmanship” should change for smooth functioning of Parliament.
Congress’ Saifuddin Soz says the government “should have realized much earlier that it was wrong for it to dilute the autonomy that was enshrined in Article 370 of the Constitution of India and the Delhi Agreement of 1952 between (Jawaharlal) Nehru and the Sheikh.”
While the Congress accused Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in theatrics to divert attention from its “failures”, other Opposition parties came out in support of the AAP’s battle against the BJP-led Centre.
The Samajwadi Party was unrepresented at the event. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, too, was not present —she is yet to return from abroad. The toast of the event was Mukherjee, who came face to face with Rahul for the first time at a public event since his visit to the RSS headquarters.
Congress leader Kamal Nath says he is in talks with the BSP and other smaller parties over seat-sharing arrangement and suggests that the party’s face for the Assembly polls will be the farmer in distress, unemployed youth, the unhappy trader and the insecure women.