We are part of INDIA bloc at national level, says Mamata; Adhir calls her 'opportunist politician'

Banerjee alleged that the West Bengal units of both CPI(M) and Congress, who are part of the INDIA alliance, have joined hands and helped the BJP in the state.
Congress leader Adhir Rajan Chowdhury (R), West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
Congress leader Adhir Rajan Chowdhury (R), West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.Photo | EPS, PTI

TAMLUK: A day after announcing that she would extend outside support to the opposition front INDIA after it comes to power, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she is very much part of the anti-BJP alliance at the national level and would continue to be in it.

While addressing an election rally at Tamluk, Banerjee said that the TMC is not in alliance with the CPI(M) and the Congress in West Bengal.

"At all India level, some people have misunderstood my statement yesterday. I am very much part of the INDIA alliance. The INDIA alliance was my brainchild. We are together at the national level and will continue to be together," she said.

Congress leader Adhir Rajan Chowdhury (R), West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
Will give outside support to INDIA bloc, says Mamata

Banerjee alleged that the West Bengal units of both CPI(M) and Congress, who are part of the INDIA alliance, have joined hands and helped the BJP in the state.

"Do not count on the CPI(M) and the Congress in Bengal. They are not with us, they are with the BJP here. I am talking about that (INDIA bloc) in Delhi," she said.

Expressing scepticism about the BJP's ambitious target of achieving 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, she said people will reject them.

The entire country has understood that the BJP is a party full of thieves. We (TMC) will support the INDIA bloc from outside to form a government at the Centre.

The TMC had walked out of the INDIA bloc in West Bengal in January but asserted that she would continue to be part of the opposition bloc at the national level.

The TMC supremo was addressing a rally in Tamluk, under which comes the Nandigram assembly constituency from where she had lost to the BJP in the 2021 state polls.

Congress leader Adhir Rajan Chowdhury (R), West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
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Reacting to Mamata's announcement, West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday claimed that Mamata Banerjee is now endorsing the opposition INDIA bloc recognising its growing momentum and aiming to maintain her relevance in national politics.

Chowdhury termed Banerjee as an "opportunist politician" who altered her stance after realising the changing political landscape.

"This clearly indicates that the India alliance is striding ahead and on the verge of forming the government and that's is why as an astute and opportunist leader, Mamata Banerjee has decided to extend her support well in advance," Chowdhury told reporters.

"She (Banerjee) has lost her credibility. She has understood the crude reality that voters are gearing towards the INDIA bloc. She has realised that she has been isolated in national politics.

This is a ploy to stay alive in national politics," he said.

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