Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Tripura results: Mamata blames Rahul Gandhi for loss

They didn’t listen to me’ Mamata Banerjee picks on Congress after they lose Tripura to BJP Tripura results: Mamata blames Rahul Gandhi for loss
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 12:19

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Stalin confirmed to have received invitation to join the Third Front.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the Congress had performed poorly in Tripura Assembly elections as they did not ally with the Trinamool Congress, IANS reported. "I think there will be a sea change in Bengal within six months", state Bharatiya Janata Party President Dilip Ghosh said here.

"RSS and VHP are responsible for the recent communal tension in the state and not Trinamul Congress, but we have managed to arrest them in Habra", she concluded.

"Day before yesterday Mamata Banerjee spoke to me over the phone". The election is at least a year away. Those who have now hit the streets in Bengal rejoicing, I tell them, here we have Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Efforts to cobble up a non-Congress, non-BJP third front to challenge the BJP in 2019 gained momentum with the start of the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament as regional parties like the Trinamul Congress, the DMK, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Telugu Desam Party deciding to coordinate their Parliament strategy. We have been fighting against Trinamool Congress for years. This shows that she is trying to provide oxygen to CPM and Congress in Bengal. I have ideological battles with the CPI (M) and it will remain. Several leaders, including AIMIM chief Asaduddin6 Owaisi, former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and two MPs from Maharashtra, have extended support to Mr Rao's proposal.

However, the West Bengal chief minister termed BJP's victory as "insignificant" in the 2019 general elections. In the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, the DMK which contested the election in alliance with small parties failed to win even a single seat while the AIADMK contesting on its own swept the polls by winning 37 Parliamentary seats.

Amid a fresh unity bid by the Opposition to take on the BJP, Banerjee had reached out to Stalin for co-ordination in and outside Parliament.