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Mamta Banerjee invites Congress to the ‘federal front’ with conditions

“Federal Front will work with a Common Minimum Agenda. Even in the past, Deve Gowda became the Prime Minister under a similar arrangement.”

West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee on Tuesday invited the Congress party to join the newly launched federal front but under some condition. “The Congress could join the front if it accepted the formula of “one-is-to-one”, Ms. Banerjee said.

Ms. Banerjee said that she is not too keen at this stage to accept Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, arguing that her future actions would be guided by the people.

In a live video chat on social media, the Trinamool Congress Chief accused the opposition for the violence during filing of nominations for the panchayat polls.

“The violence was masterminded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M),” said Ms Banerjee.

Banerjee clearly stated that instead of the TMC joining a Congress-led front in the run-up to the 2019 election, the Congress “should” join her Federal Front as there was a precedence of such a front in the past.

“Congress can be part of the Federal Front but they will have to accept the one-is-to-one formula [of putting up one candidate of United Opposition against the BJP]. They [Congress] cannot contest in every seat,” said West Bengal CM.

“We have to remember that in today’s context, Congress cannot do anything alone…and there are many parties like ours, like Mayawati’s, Sharad Pawar’s…Congress will have to coordinate,” added Banerjee.

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