Digvijaya calls Mamata 'immature', Mulayam 'pragmatic'
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Sunday propelled name of Vice President Hamid Ansari for the second term while describing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as “immature” and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as “pragmatic”.delhi Updated: Jun 18, 2012 16:00 IST
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Sunday propelled name of Vice President Hamid Ansari for the second term while describing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as “immature” and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as “pragmatic”.
Banerjee with Yadav on Wednesday had suggested former President APJ Abdul Kalam as presidential candidate. But, she found herself isolated among UPA allies when Yadav backed UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee immediately after his name was announced on Friday. Banerjee, however, kept on insisting on Kalam, even though the former president refused the contest.
Singh, in an interview to a television channel, described Banerjee’s actions as “extremely immature” and asked her to support Mukherjee, who described her as his sister.
“...certainly it was embarrassing for us because an ally after discussing with the UPA Chairperson came out and said we reject these two names and came out with three other names,” he said, adding that even Prime Minister was upset with all this.
Showing his disguist against ally Mamata Banerjee's dramatic rejection of UPA's Presidential nominees and her continued defiance, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said there is a "limit" to which one can "bend" as certain eventualities have to be faced if they cannot be avoided.
At the same time, he made it clear that the Congress was not asking Banerjee to leave the UPA’s ruling alliance. “All efforts have been made to console her, accept her views, accept her tantrums...beyond a certain limit, the decision is hers,” he said, when asked whether she will remain with UPA or not.
To questions on why Banerjee resorted to such an action, Singh said that the Trinamool Congress chief "miscalculated" and her conduct was “erratic in some way” and advised her to stop backing Kalam.
On the other hand, the Congress leader said Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Yadav was a "pragamatic political person" while rejecting suggestions of a "deal" between Congress and SP to get the his support.
"If we had agreed to a financial package out of turn for West Bengal, probably Mamataji would not have opposed Pranab Mukherjee," he said. “Mulayam is a very pragamatic political person and he saw the ground realities and then of course when he saw the over-whelming support of UPA allies and from outside (to Mukherjee's candidature), he agreed (to support Pranab)."
Digivijaya Singh also felt that giving a second term to Vice President Hamid Ansari is "not a bad idea" and that offering Vice Presidentship to NDA to get its support for UPA's President candidate "looks unlikely".
First Published: Jun 17, 2012 12:37 IST