Kolkata, 20 June 2021
WB Congress boss Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ‘polarisation politics’ harmed the Congress enormously but helped Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the recently held Assembly decisions.
While speaking to ANI after a conference in Kolkata to discuss the outcome of the recently-held elections, Chowdhury stated that the political scenario was not in the courtesy of Congress and the state’s minority population chose the Trinamool Congress to ‘eradicate communal forces’.
In the eight-phase assembly polls held earlier this year, the TMC emerged triumphant with 213 of the total 294 seats. The BJP bagged 77. The Samyukt Morcha, comprising the Congress, the Left and the Indian Secular Front (ISF) only bagged one seat, belonging to the ISF.
“The political scenario was not in our favor during the West Bengal assembly decisions. The BJP had put all their strength to challenge Mamata but they crashed. BJP’s polarization politics caused us huge damage but benefited Mamata Banerjee. The minority population felt that if there is anyone that can eradicate communal forces like the BJP, it is the TMC and Mamata,” he told ANI.
While speaking about the party’s association with the ISF and CPM, Chowdhury stated that the topic was not reviewed.
“We never created an association with the ISF. Our alliance is with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). We have not parted ways and the association is still existing. ISF pioneers haven’t said anything against us or the association and neither have we. If there is any break in the alliance, it will be disclosed,” he said.
He further stated that other topics reviewed in the meeting included the movement of the Congress in Bengal and the course of action for the coming polls.
Reported by Subrata Paul