Mamta banerjee puts Congress in its place
By bbsbuzz - Tue Jun 19, 10:03 am
Mamata Banerjee is angry. Her presidential candidate, APJ Abdul Kalam, has opted out of the race. And the tide is almost in favour of Pranab Mukherjee — the man she doesn’t want to hold the top post.
Her “ally” Mulayam Singh Yadav has ditched her by saying
his party would support Mukherjee, the UPA’s choice for the president’s post.
So, on Monday, she tried to do what she has done best in the past: put the Congress in its place.
After a sudden wave of rumours on Monday night that all Trinamool MPs had handed over their resignations to Banerjee, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, refuted it before the media.
He, however, said if the Congress wanted the Trinamool to leave the UPA, “it would not be a problem”. The leader went on to say the Trinamool had no intention of toppling the government at the Centre. “But we will try to persuade Kalam to contest… He is the best presidential candidate,” he said.
After reaching the city from Delhi on Friday, the Trinamool chief and West Bengal chief minister had said the “game was not over” when she was asked about her plans vis-a-vis the UPA announcing Mukherjee’s candidature.
Banerjee, said a source, called the meeting on Monday to discuss the “big-brotherly attitude of the Congress” for “unilaterally deciding on Mukherjee”. She also asked her men to be prepared for any eventuality.
Last week she had asked her ministers to launch a vitriolic attack on Mukherjee. “We do not know, if Pranab babu has ever tried to help Bengal… And that includes his village too that still does not have drinking water or pucca roads,” Subrata Mukherjee, Trinamool’s senior vice-president, had said. “Now, people are trying to show that he is a great Bengali.”
Trinamool leaders resorted to such comments to counter Bengali newspapers that have been running positive stories on Mukherjee ever since the UPA announced his name for the top post.