Bengal, TN leaders spit fire at allies on lack of respect
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday chose to remain silent on coalition politics but that did prevent party leaders from launching an attack on key UPA allies —Trinamool Congress and DMK. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2010 00:15 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday chose to remain silent on coalition politics but that did prevent party leaders from launching an attack on key UPA allies —Trinamool Congress and DMK.
Assembly elections in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, along with Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, will be held next year.
The relation between the Congress and Trinamool has been blowing hot and cold for long, but its tie-up with the DMK has come under strain after A Raja quit as telecom minister in the wake of 2G-spectrum scam.
Demanding a level-playing field, these leaders from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu said the Congress should not tie up with the Trinamool or the DMK at its expense.
Speaking at the political resolution at the party's 83rd plenary, West Bengal Congress president Manas Bhuniya and party MP Deepa Dasmunsi attacked Railways Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee for "publicly speaking" against the UPA government.
"They (Trinamool Congress) speak against us in West Bengal. They speak against the Prime Minister. They hit roads on issues like price rise and fuel hike even though they are part of the UPA," said Deepa, wife of former union minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi.
"If you are in alliance, you have to respect it. Even after they commit mistakes, we still carry them on our shoulders... We give them those seats which are safe and where our party is strong," she went on.
Congress MP from Tamil Nadu Manicka Tagore was equally emphatic on the alliance with DMK and his party's future in the state. "Self-respect of Congress and its activists is more important in order to achieve the dream of Kamraj rule in Tamil Nadu," he said.
Fresh from the debacle in Bihar where it contested on all the 243 seats but managed to get only 4, the party avoided any direct mention of coalition politics in its political resolution that was later unanimously passed.
The only reference is in the section titled Congress Resurgence. "The necessity of coalition politics at the central level does not prevent our state level workers from hoping and dreaming of a larger political space wherever they may be, and we, as a party, must be cognisant and supportive of their aspirations."