By A Newsman
Kolkata, 19 May: TO isolate CPI-M in the state politics, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerejee is again trying to get closer to Congress both at the state and the national level.
After having held a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on 16 May over the upcoming Presidential poll, Mamata today threw up multiple signs that she once again wanted to do business with Congress in the state as well.
This comes nearly five years since Congress had in 2012 come out of the first Mamata Banerjee government after Trinamool withdrew support from the UPA-II government at the Centre. Subsequently, Congress fought the 2016 Bengal Assembly polls in alliance with the Left parties but failed to make a mark.
Today, during an organisational meeting of the Trinamool in Kolkata, Mamata told her party colleagues to step up the campaign against BJP and CPI-M. But significantly, she asked the party colleagues to leave the decision her as regards the approach towards Congress.
That’s not all, on the first day of the Assembly session today: she walked up to the seat of Congress’ Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan and enquired about his health. About three months ago, Mannan had fallen ill during a scuffle with Trinamool MLAs in the Assembly and was subsequently underwent a cardiac surgery.
Mamata also spoke to other MLAs and handed over a gift to them for Congress MLA Pratima Rajak who is scheduled to get married later this month.
Trinamool chief’s sudden change of heart has left Congress MLAs and state leaders surprised. A section of them believe that Mamata was trying to send out a message to Sonia Gandhi that she was not at all hostile to Congress as the state leaders have been complaining to 10 Janpath Road.
At this point, Mamata desperately needs Congress and other opposition parties so to create pressure on Narendra Modi government as several Central agencies such as CBI are after Trinamool leaders over cheat-fund scams and the Naradanews Sting.
State Congress leaders like Adhir Ranjan Choudhury and Manoj Chakraborty have, however, ruled out any pact with Trinamool at the state level. “When her party is swallowing one after another Congress MLAs and elected civic body representatives, there is no question of an understanding with Mamata,” they said in unison.