LAST UPDATED: March 2, 2021, 11:37 a.m.
Kolkata: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has claimed that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) might rejoin the BJP-led NDA in order to form the government in West Bengal in case of a hung assembly in the upcoming state polls.
He further said that the alleged communal bandwagon led by the RSS-BJP needs to be stopped in order to defeat the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
The ongoing tussle between BJP and TMC over the last few months was termed as a “mock fight” by Yechury.
Moreover, Yechury accused the BJP of using money from the PM Cares Fund, working towards fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in order to buy leaders ahead of the upcoming West Bengal elections.
“The farmers at the Singhu border in Delhi are fighting against the (Narendra) Modi government’s anti-people policies. If farmers who provide us with food can put up such a gallant fight, we too can do it here,” he said.
“This grand alliance of the Left and the secular forces will fight to defeat the corrupt TMC government and the BJP in the state, will fight for a better Bengal,” Yechury said while addressing a joint rally with the Congress and the Indian Secular Front (ISF) at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata ahead of the assembly election in West Bengal.
The CPI(M) leader said that the Narendra Modi government is doing the same as the Trinamool Congress (TMC), against the farmers’ protests.
“Many people ask me what we would do in case of a hung assembly. I tell them to direct their question to the TMC as they are in the best position to answer it,” Yechury said.
“The TMC has been part of NDA (for several years) since 1998. It was part of the NDA government (at the Centre). In case of a hung assembly, I am confident that the TMC would join hands with the BJP to form the state’s government,” he added.
“All the secular forces have to fight together to defeat the TMC and the BJP in Bengal. Once we stop this communal juggernaut in Bengal, we will stop it in the country also.”
The BJP and TMC are not focusing on problems being faced by the people of the country instead, they are diverting people’s minds by using their religions, he claimed.
BJP has been criticizing and attacking various other political parties for a long while now, especially Congress, over the issue of dynasty politics. Keeping this in mind, Yechury pondered about the Union Home Minister’s son becoming the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“The BJP talks about corruption and dynasty politics. A stadium is named after Narendra Modi. Amit Shah’s son is an office-bearer in the cricket association,” he said.
“In the name of the corona, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a fund (PM CARES Fund), and that money is being used to buy and sell leaders during elections,” he said.
Ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, various leaders from the Trinamool Congress have joined the Saffron party.
Elections to the West Bengal assembly elections will be held in eight phases. The first phase will be held on March 27 and the last phase will be held on April 29 respectively. Results will be declared on May2.