Congress calls off INDIA meet, Mamata says had no information on meeting

Kolkata | Updated: 05 December, 2023 4:02 pm IST
Mamata Banerjee meeting INDIA alliance members.

KOLKATA: Following Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister and chief of the Trinamool Congress, saying that she was not informed about the INDIA alliance meeting, and after many opposition leaders declined to appear for the meeting, the Congress has called the meeting off to discuss Lok Sabha strategy, on Tuesday. 

Banerjee while speaking with the media said, “I don’t know, I don’t have information, that’s why I kept the program in North Bengal. Our programme is for six to seven days. If I had any clue about the meeting I would not have scheduled the program. I would have gone to attend the meeting for sure but we didn’t have any information.” 

According to TMC sources, the party is likely to skip the alliance meeting which has placed a question on the unity present in the INDIA bloc to overthrow the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Centre.

Shamik Bhattacharya, the spokesperson of the WB BJP, told The New Indian, “People of India have seen experiments. From Morarji Desai to HD Deve Gowda, people have seen various jot  (coalition) governments too and have also seen the NDA government under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee with 23 parties. People are always in favour of a sustainable and decisive government with a stable economy. People are in favour of our most honourable PM Narendra Modi. People are proving repeatedly that they are with Modi and his ways of fighting against any corruption.” 

Bhattacharya further alluded to the alliance with a theatrical drama, stating that the alliance’s functioning was like a theatrical play from Chitpur. On the other hand, TMC leader Kunal Ghosh had taken to X to illustrate that it was “more of a Congress loss” than a BJP win.

Earlier, the meeting was supposed to be held at Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence on Wednesday. 

“Seat sharing formula will be prepared by the India Alliance parties not just for the General Elections but also for the upcoming Assembly elections as well,” sources told The New Indian after the first meeting of the Coordination Committee was concluded at Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar was concluded. 

Earlier, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin had announced that they would not be attending the meeting. Kumar had stated that he would be skipping out on it because of having taken ill.

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