Three days ago she batted for AAP. On Saturday, she congratulated Nitish Kumar as Bihar’s next chief minister.
Mamata Banerjee’s new mission is to find friends who have taken a strong stand against the BJP. Reason? A fresh attempt to regain relevance at the national level.
On Saturday, Mamata tweeted, “Nitish Kumar to become the chief minister of Bihar again. My warmest best wishes and congratulations to Nitishji.”
Adding to Mamata’s pro-AAP tweet, Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said, “We have very good coordination with the AAP inside Parliament... Mamata wanted to make this support open.”
Opposition parties were quick to react to Mamata’s new move, saying she had lost her credibility in national politics. “Mamata’s suffering from an acute identity crisis. This is also hampering the state, since it’s fast losing its importance at the national level,” BJP state president Rahul Sinha told HT.
Former Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said, “Who wants Mamata’s support? AAP’s image will be dented if it backs the Trinamool.”
In 2014, Mamata visited Delhi twice to bring all anti-BJP forces under one umbrella. The Trinamool chief even said she was ready to join hands with the Left to stop the BJP. “With Trinamool leaders being interrogated by the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam, no political force will be interested in allying with them. But, despite knowing this, Mamata’s trying to regain her importance at the Centre,” CPI(M) MP Md Salim told HT.