TMC Disinterested In Alliance With Congress, Might Skip Opposition Parties Meet

Kolkata : Trinamool Congress on Saturday stated that they are disinterested in alliance with Congress for the upcoming winter session of parliament. But they will maintain that TMC would cooperate with other opposition camps on various issues concerning people’s interest, a party leader said.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge conveyed that TMC might not attend” the opposition parties’ meeting on November 29.

The TMC’s rebuttal to the Congress came days after Kharge, the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, had said the grand old party would coordinate with all opposition camps, including the TMC, during the winter session.

Amid the strained relationship between the two, the TMC advised the Congress that it should have “proper internal coordination and set their own house in order”.

“We are disinterested in coordinating with the Congress during the winter session. Congress leaders should first coordinate among themselves. They should set their own house in order and then think about coordinating with other camps,” a senior TMC leader privy to the party’s decision said on condition of anonymity.

On being questioned that if TMC will coordinate with other parties, he said, “We will raise several issues concerning the people’s interest and will coordinate with them. We most probably will not attend the opposition parties’ meeting convened by the Congress.”

He stated that their party lacks determination about the aversion to the Congress in the fight against the BJP. He said, “their leaders lack the determination to take on the saffron camp”.

The TMC will hold its national coordination committee meeting on November 29 at West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s residence here.

The party will discuss various issues, including its strategy in the winter session of Parliament, the TMC leader said.

Banerjee, in July, was unanimously chosen as the chairperson of the TMC parliamentary party.

TMC’s Rajya Sabha party leader Derek O’ Brien, while listing out the topics that the party would raise during the winter session, said the issues “self-select themselves”.

“The issues to be taken in the winter session of Parliament self-select themselves. For example, we will raise the issues of repealing farm laws, legislation to ensure MSP, extension of tenures of ED and CBI directors, BSF’s increased jurisdiction, weakening of the federal structure, fuel prices and bank privatisation,” he said.

The Trinamool Congress has been up in arms over the Congress’ alleged failure to fight against the BJP.

Recently, it had termed the Congress as an “incapable and incompetent” party and asserted that Mamata Banerjee-led TMC can’t be blamed for their leaders jumping the ship.

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