Congress warns TMC against BJP tie-up, reminds it of 2004 tally
Making it clear that it will go it alone in West Bengal, the Congress today cautioned its estranged ally Mamata Banerjee that the "loss will only be hers", as in the past, if she joins hands with the BJP.
Responding to questions whether Banerjee was inching closer to the BJP, AICC in-charge for West Bengal Shakeel Ahmed tersely said, "If she joins hands with the BJP again, the loss will only be hers."
He recalled that Banerjee had got only one seat in 2004 Lok Sabha elections which she contested in alliance with the BJP, but "when she allied with Congress in 2009, her seat tally shot up to 19."
Asked if he feels that Trinamool's tally could again come down to one in 2014 general elections if it joins hands with the BJP, Ahmed said emphatically 'most likely.'
The Congress also accused the Mamata government of 'wilful inaction' to prevent attacks by Trinamool Congress against Congress leaders and its offices in Bengal.
The remarks came a day after the Trinamool at an 'invisible' Congress hand behind the heckling of Chief Minister Mamata and manhandling of Finance Minister Amit Mitra in Delhi on April 9.
There is a view in the Congress that it will gain if politics in Bengal turns from bio-polar to tri-polor. "As far as Congress is concerned, it will go alone in Bengal starting from panchayat to next Parliament polls. People are not ready to forgive the Left for their three-decade misrule," a Congress leader said.