The Opposition parties will neglect no stone unturned to garner support for the Presidential election, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced. In an expensive chat with HT, she also hoped that the Opposition combination leads to an anti-BJP political formation for the 2019 regular elections. “We will talk to all available sources of support. We will perform our game and leave no stone unturned to reach out to other parties,” she answered. Earlier, the BJP is struggling a storm of criticism in West Bengal after a state-level party leader explained chief minister Mamata Banerjee as a “eunuch” for partaking in Islamic religious rituals
The phase of President Pranab Mukherjee ends in July. Banerjee, who had attempted to rope in her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal in the Opposition camp, indicated she is in touch with her Odisha equivalent Naveen Patnaik, Shiv Sena, and other parties.
The Congress-led Opponent is falling short by more than 1.5 lakh votes from the majority mark, and it’s an upward task for them to get their candidate elected. The BJP-led NDA, which controls most of the bigger states and enjoys a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha, resembles to have an advantage in the election.
But Banerjee managed,
“I will be jubilant if Pranab da (President Mukherjee) gets another term in office. It all, however, depends on the government to build a consensus on his name.”
Odisha’s judgment BJD has around 36,500 votes in the electoral college of the Presidential election while Sena has more than 25,800 votes.
“Naveen and I are first friends. I am communicating to him for the Presidential election,” told the Bengal CM. She is the second Resistance leader after CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to woo Patnaik for the forthcoming poll for the country’s top office.
Banerjee’s Trinamool has the biggest vote share after the BJP and the Congress in the electoral college with 64,500 votes. On Tuesday, she coincided Congress president Sonia Gandhi and promised her support for an Opposition candidate.
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Trinamool sources told that she has also spoken to Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. “On the day she addressed to Gandhi, same evening Didi had a long conversation with Mayawati,” claimed one of Banerjee’s presumed lieutenants. Banerjee is ordinarily referred to as Didi, meaning elder sister in Bengali. Banerjee said
“I hope it leads to that situation When questioned that if the positioning of different parties for the Presidential poll may result in a potential alliance. But right now, it’s too hasty to say. Parties should recognize that the BJP is ruining the social and democratic fabric of our country.”
Even as her party struggled against the Congress-Left combination in Bengal last year, the Trinamool chief said, she maintains great equation with both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. “We know each other for a great time. Sonia Ji knows me very well. Some state-level Congress leaders perform very poorly, but that doesn’t mean that my relationship with Gandhi family is spoiled,” she said.