‘Ekla cholo re’, says Mamata Banerjee at CAA, NRC; leaves the opposition a house divided News – India
Banerjee, also president of the TMC, was angered by incidents of violence in her state during a union strike called by left-affiliated organizations and Congress for “anti-person” policies, including economic measures and livewire issues such as the new citizenship law and a pan-India NRC.
“I have decided to boycott the meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi on 13 January in New Delhi, as I do not support the violence that the left and Congress unleashed in West Bengal on Wednesday,” he announced on the House floor when the opposition insisted that the House pass a resolution against the CAA.
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He said that since the Assembly had already adopted a resolution against a National Register of Pan-India Citizens (NRC) in September last year that denounced Indian citizenship to minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan on the basis of religion, a new resolution was not needed.
As the MLA’s opposition insisted on a new resolution, the tempestuous leader jumped into a haranth, defending her stance and declaring that she will not attend the meeting convened by Gandhi.
“You follow a policy in West Bengal and a totally contradictory policy in Delhi. I don’t want to be on the same page with you. If necessary, I will fight alone,” he said, as he mounted an onslaught against Congress and members of the left.
West Bengal was rocked by incidents of violence and fires during the strike called by unions linked to the left and Congress on Wednesday.
Those who supported the strike had clashed with police and vandalized public property.
Banerjee had said that although he empathized with the strikers and supported his cause, he was against closure, as it made ordinary people uncomfortable and negatively affected economic development.
The meeting convened by Gandhi is being seen as an attempt to rally all opposition parties against the Demodi government, which faces an unmitigated fire from the opposition over Sunday night’s violence at the JNU. The opposition has blamed Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student front of the RSS, for the violence.
Banerjee stated that the TMC will continue its protest against the CAA and the NRC, but will not tolerate any closure on these issues in its state, calling it part of “dirty politics” by the left and Congress.
A temperamental banerje also sought the “forgiveness” of opposition leaders who will attend the meeting called by Gandhi, saying “it was I who had done the work.”
“But, after what happened yesterday in my state, it won’t be possible for me to attend the meeting,” he said.
Banerjee also called PNC chief Sharad Pawar to inform him of his decision, sources from the Trinamool Congress said.
The left and Congress in West Bengal rushed to pounce on Banerjee over his decision to give a foul to the meeting, claiming that it was meant to “please the leaders of the BJP.”
“She is trying to please BJP leaders. She herself is adopting double standards. She wants to keep the saffron party leadership in a good mood, so she doesn’t attend the opposition meeting,” said Abdul Mannan, the congress, who is also the leader of the opposition in the assembly.
Mohammed Salim, a member of the CPM politburo, accused Banerjee of attempting to sink opposition efforts to enter a common platform on “burning problems.”
“It is clear who is in favor of the RSS. His acts of protest are just an alfare,” he said.
The BJP’s state chief, Dilip Ghosh, mocked the opposition for his distrust following Banerjee’s decision to boycott the Gandhi meeting. “These parties cannot stand together while doing politics only for the sake of power,” he said.