West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had called for a union of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) with the Left and the Congress against the BJP. The move was quickly dubbed as “meaningless” by veteran Communist leader S Sudhakar Reddy
Hyderabad: Veteran Communist leader, S Sudhakar Reddy on Thursday (June 27) termed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to the Congress and the Left parties to join hands with the TMC, as “meaningless”. Mamata had sought the support of the Left and the Congress in order to fight the BJP together.
She reached out to the opposition Congress and CPI(M) on Wednesday but the two parties rejected her appeal saying her policies are responsible for the saffron party's growth.
Sudhakar, who is also the national general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) said that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief still sees the Left parties as "enemies and not as political opponents".
"Several hundred of offices of the Left parties in West Bengal are still occupied by the Trinamool. More than 100 people were killed. Several thousands were thrown out of their villages. Still, that type of attacks are going on,” Sudhakar said.
The chief minister’s appeal in this background is meaningless, he said. He further charged the ruling outfit in West Bengal with "attacking and destroying" the Left.
"It is she (Mamata) who is responsible for forcibly using violence against the Left in a very big way, and weaken the Left in West Bengal in the most undemocratic way and now what's the meaning of this appeal?" Sudhakar asked.
Left parties see the BJP as an "enemy" and would like to fight against it but at the same time view Trinamool as "equally a rival", he said.
Speaking during the debate on the Governor's address in the state Assembly in Kolkata, Banerjee had said the BJP is trying to run a parallel government in West Bengal and parties like the Congress and the CPI(M) should "join hands" with the Trinamool Congress to fight against it.
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