’Unnatural alliance’: BJP takes jibe at INDIA bloc as Mamata Banerjee announces to go solo in West Bengal

  • The BJP leader said that the INDIA bloc is a boat with no one steering it and alliances are not just about having tea together

Livemint (with inputs from ANI)
Updated24 Jan 2024, 05:31 PM IST
West Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar addresses party workers during the party's 'Nazat police station gherao' rally, in North 24 Parganas
West Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar addresses party workers during the party’s ’Nazat police station gherao’ rally, in North 24 Parganas(PTI)

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday attacked the Opposition INDIA bloc after West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee announced that her party will contest the Lok Sabha 2024 elections alone. West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar took a jibe at the INDIA bloc and said the whole alliance is “unnatural” as Congress, TMC, and CPI (M) are at loggerheads with one another in the state.

"This alliance is unnatural and not politically viable because, in West Bengal, Congress and CPM are fighting against Mamata Banerjee. A while ago, in the Panchayat elections, Congress and CPM were thrashed by TMC workers," Sukanta Majumdar told ANI on Wednesday.

The BJP leader said that the INDIA bloc is a boat with no one steering it and alliances are not just about having tea together.

"If you had thought that with Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, and Sitaram Yechuri having tea together, the alliance would be strong and the workers on the ground would get trashed and vote for TMC, that would not have happened. Mamata Banerjee knows the ground report and the state CPM and the state Congress were opposed to it," he said.

"The INDI alliance is such a boat that does not have anyone steering it. It neither has a leader nor any ideology...," he added.

Congress is a 'nalayak' party: BJP leader R Ashok

Karnataka BJP leader R Ashok welcomed Mamata Banerjee's decision to go solo in the Lok Sabha elections as he slammed Congress and called it a 'nalayak' party. R Ashok said that Congress has no leader in West Bengal, which means it is a 'nalayak' party.

"I welcome Mamata Banerjee's stand. Congress is a 'nalayak' party. There is no leader of Congress in West Bengal which means it is a 'nalayak' party," R Ashok said speaking to reporters.

Elaborating on the weakness of the INDIA alliance, R Ashok cited the examples of states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, where cracks are visible in the Opposition bloc. "Nitish Kumar is one step out. Akhilesh Yadav is already gone. They came for an alliance in Bengaluru. I think they had the best meeting and the best biriyani. I think Mamata Banerjee's stand will be echoed all over India," he added.

 

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First Published:24 Jan 2024, 05:31 PM IST
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