Reiterating her commitment to contesting alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her firm decision, citing the rejection of her proposals by the Congress leadership within the I.N.D.I.A. bloc. Banerjee, speaking to the media before an administrative review meeting in Burdwan, criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for allegedly not informing her about his Nyay Yatra schedule in the state.
Expressing disappointment over the lack of communication regarding Rahul Gandhi's Nyay Yatra, Banerjee emphasized that such information could have been shared for the sake of alliance. She previously proposed that Congress contest from 300 seats, leaving the remaining for regional parties. Banerjee stated that decisions regarding regional parties' unity will be taken post the Lok Sabha polls.
Earlier hints about Trinamool Congress going solo in West Bengal were dropped by Banerjee during an organizational meeting on January 19 and a public gathering on January 22, where she accused Congress of allowing the CPI(M) to control the agenda of I.N.D.I.A. bloc meetings.
In the midst of this, state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury continued his criticisms against Banerjee, challenging her to contest against him in the upcoming polls. Meanwhile, the CPI(M) politburo member Md Salim has been invited to participate in the Nyay Yatra rally as it passes through West Bengal. The political landscape in West Bengal is witnessing heightened tensions and political maneuvers as parties gear up for the upcoming elections.
(With Agency Inputs)