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HindustanTimes Sat,25 Oct 2014

Trinamool loads power gun, to target Cong, BJP at Centre

Ravik Bhattacharya , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 10, 2013
First Published: 09:30 IST(10/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:37 IST(10/9/2013)

A day after Trinamool Congress turned down Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tacit offer for an alliance party’s leaders broad-based the attack on national parties saying their campaign would target both the Congress and the BJP.

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“While the UPA is our main target for its anti-people policies, we would also highlight the BJP’s role in supporting many bills. The BJP supported the Land Bill, Pension Bill and the Food Security Bill in the Parliament ensuring their smooth passage,” said Sultan Ahmed, Lok Sabha MP and party core committee member.

“In the panchayat polls we fought against the Congress, CPI(M) and the BJP. Last week in Parliament Trinamool unified regional parties to pass the Judicial Commission Bill successfully and BJP was isolated.

We believe national pride is not a private property of the Congress and the BJP and regional parties can form a efficient, corruption free government,” said Derek O Brien, Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson.

Senior leaders of the party told HT it has already protested against a series of ‘anti-people’ policies. They were amazed to find BJP siding with the Congress in a number of legislations. The party would highlight this ‘unholy nexus’ during the run up to the Lok Sabha polls.

Mamata Banerjee has already asked her MPs in both houses of Parliament to unite regional parties on different issues.

Though Mamata wants to target the BJP, the party is soft on Trinamool.

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi praised Mamata while visiting Bengal for her good work and said ‘holes dug up for 34 years will take time to repair and the chief minister is the right person for the job.’

Earlier BJP president Rajnath Singh showered praises on the Trinamool chief. In the Howrah Lok Sabha bypoll in June, the BJP withdrew its candidate at the last moment, giving Trinamool Congress an edge.

Mamata is expecting good numbers in the Lok Sabha polls, and her focus is to emerge as the largest regional party in the lower house.

Thereafter, she wants to form a Federal Front, which she thinks can rule the country.

The bedrock of this assumption is that both Congress and BJP will fall short of majority.

“We will not let the opposition in Bengal to campaign that we are soft on the BJP,” a TMC leader said.


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