"Taken For Granted": Why Trinamool Will Not Vote In Vice-President Polls
Derek O’Brien, the party leader said today that Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in West Bengal “cannot” be considered a guarantee for Opposition unity. Bibarud asked him why his party chose to vote against the Vice-Presidential Election on August 6th. He stated that TMC (which has 35 MPs) is not an ally and has “needs to have no certificate ideology” for opposing the BJP.
He was critical of the way the Opposition candidate, Margaret Alva (a Congress veteran) was selected: “You call an assembly and then tell us there will be a press conference in fifteen minutes…We are the second-largest party in Parliament. The Congress has its own style of working and we want to convey that message. “We have nothing to do with the chosen person.”
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhijit Banerjee, TMC National General Secretary, made the announcement in Kolkata: “The way the opposition candidate was decided, without proper consultation… We have decided unanimously to abstain from the voting process.”
If Mr O’Brien was asked if it was the Congress that the problem is, he replied, “Please draw a straight line between the TMC, and the formal partners for the Congress,” naming four — Tamil Nadu’s ruling party DMK (Sharrad Pawar-led NCP), Lalu Yadav’s RJD as well as the Jharkhand Muktei Morcha.
“Of course, there are like-minded parties across the country that we work with, against the divisive and bigoted ideology of the BJP. However, not all of these parties are supporters of Congress,” stated Mr O’Brien (party leader in Rajya Sabha).