Trinamool hints at review of alliance with NDA
With opinion and exit polls predicting increasingly tightening of contest between NDA and Congress-led alliance, Nationalist Trinamool Congress on Monday did not rule out a review of its association with the BJP-led combine on the basis of future developments.
"Strategy may have to be altered if situation asks us to do so," NTC spokesperson and chairman of the party's policy-making body, Pankaj Banerjee told at the Kolkata Press Club.
Asked whether there was any possibility of Mamata Banerjee-led NTC leaving the NDA in future as it did in the past, Banerjee avoided a direct reply saying, "What we will do in future, we will sit in future and think over. Politics is flexible."
Banerjee defended Trinamool's decision to leave NDA before the state assembly elections in 2001 to forge electoral alliance with Congress and subsequently returning to NDA.
"We did so at that time in an effort to dislodge the Left Front Government from power," he said.
A difference of opinion between Coal Minister Mamata and NDA over inclusion of privatisation in coal sector has already cropped up with the NTC chief dissociating herself from the relevant portion in the NDA manifesto and declaring to bring out its own one.
NTC leader, however, refuted the contention that Mamata was an unpredictable partner because of her decision in 2001 and pointed to her assertions at elections rallies that only a NDA Government headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee could provide a stable Government if "it is elected once again."