Mamata Banerjee, the leader of the Trinamool Congress, announced on Wednesday that she would be going it alone in West Bengal and canceled the coalition’s seat-sharing negotiations, a much-awaited move that will deal a severe blow to the INDIA bloc ahead of the general election.
The announcement was made just hours after state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused Mamata of being an opportunist and after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi denied rumors of conflict within the INDIA alliance in Bengal.
“Mamata ji and I have a close relationship. The discussions are proceeding well, and soon an outcome will be announced. These remarks are customary. On Tuesday, Gandhi remarked, “Their leaders say things sometimes, and ours do that.”
Mamata was dissatisfied. She said that she was unaware that Bengal would be a stop on Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra on Wednesday morning.
She said that in Bengal, she would take on the BJP by herself.
“I did not speak with the Congress delegation. As I have always said, we will fight in Bengal alone. We are a non-religious party, and we alone will vanquish the BJP in Bengal. What happens to the rest of the nation doesn’t concern me. I belong to the INDIA alliance,” she said. “We haven’t been informed that Rahul Gandhi’s Nyay Yatra is passing through our state,” she said.
Mamata is not willing to give up more than two of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, even though the Congress is demanding six seats.
Mamata said her proposal to the Congress to contest 300 Lok Sabha seats out of 543 and leave the rest to regional parties was not accepted.