Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien placed blame on West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for the failure of an alliance between the two parties in the state. This statement follows West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's declaration that her party, TMC, will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls independently in the state.
O'Brien asserted that Chowdhury played a pivotal role in the breakdown of the alliance in West Bengal. He pointed out that the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) faced criticism from various quarters, but only two entities—the BJP and Chowdhury—expressed consistent opposition to the coalition.
Addressing reporters, O'Brien stated, "After the general elections, if the Congress does its job and defeats the BJP on a substantial number of seats, the Trinamul Congress will very much be a part of the front that believes and fights for the Constitution."
Mamata Banerjee's unexpected announcement prompted the Congress to adopt a conciliatory stance. Jairam Ramesh, the party's general secretary in-charge of communications, emphasized that the opposition bloc INDIA "cannot be imagined without Mamata Banerjee." The political landscape in West Bengal continues to evolve as alliances and strategies unfold in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha polls.
(With Agency Inputs)