Bengal: Trinamool-Congress showdown on the cards

For the first time in an open offensive, the ruling party in the state will hold a political rally against its own ally.

Published: 09th January 2012 08:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:11 PM   |  A+A-


KOLKATA: The Trinamool Congress, for the first time in an open offensive, will hold a political rally against its own ally in Bengal in protest of an alleged Congress-CPI(M) nexus against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Organised by the party's youth wing, the rally is Mamata's first political response to Congress's street-protests against her government in the last few weeks.

Mamata Banerjee had shown her ally the door on Saturday when she dared them to leave the alliance in the state. Even though Mamata might give the event a skip, the top brass of the Trinamool leadership including several MPs will be present.

The strain between the Congress and the Trinamool has almost reached a breaking point as the party is not making any efforts to reach out either.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid said, "Everyone has to address their own constituencies and pander to them and therefore, some of these are done as posturing so that you are on the right side of the expectations of your people."

With the Panchayat elections in Bengal just around the corner and with the murmurs of the Congress wanting to go it alone, the Trinamool wants an early advantage. On Monday, Trinamool Congress will organise its first ever public meet to counter Congress's street campaigns ever since the combine came to power in Bengal.

But the question is if Mamata can really do without the Congress. She needs a financial package from the Centre for her cash-strapped state. She cannot afford to split the anti-Left votes before the Panchayat elections. A realignment with the BJP will dent her muslim support base.

While Mamata Banerjee can dream of a 'Dilli Darbar' as she prepares to launch herself in the national arena by contesting in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur but with barely seven months in power, the political bickering with her ally, perhaps, may become counter-productive.


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