Mamata ready to bury disagreements with Congress to form anti-BJP front in 2024 polls: Sharad Pawar
NCP President Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday that Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is ready to bury her disagreements with Congress in national interests, and come together to form an alliance of opposition parties ahead of the 2024 general election.
Speaking to reporters here, Pawar also said that he and some leaders from other states including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdulla were not averse to joining hands with Congress to put a front against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the following polls.
Responding to a question about the TMC supremo’s alleged differences with Congress after it independently contested the elections in West Bengal, Pawar said: “Mamata Bannerjee had personally said that her party is ready to come together in the national interests and to cooperate with Congress to present a good challenge to the ruling BJP.”
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According to the former Union minister, Banerjee has also said she was ready to forget her experience with Congress in the state elections in West Bengal. During the elections in West Bengal, the TMC believed that the alliance of Congress and the CPI(M) helped the BJP win more seats in the state, the head of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said.
“TMC supporters were very disappointed with the congress after the elections in West Bengal, but the party chief adjusted her stance,” he said. The TMC had won a landslide victory in the elections in West Bengal last May.
After further developing his discussion with Nitish Kumar and Farooq Abdullah for providing a political alternative at the national level, he said: “Our detailed discussion was about improving cooperation and support between like-minded parties. There are many parties who like believe that in Congress to provide an alternative to the current BJP-led dispensation.”
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