Kolkata: The I.N.D.I Alliance faced a significant setback on Wednesday as Mamata Banerjee, the leader of the Trinamool Congress, declared that her party would contest the elections in Bengal independently, dealing a blow to I.N.D.I.Alliance hopes.
“I had no discussions with the Congress party. I have always said that in Bengal, we will fight alone.,” the TMC supremo said.
Despite presenting numerous proposals, Mamata Banerjee claimed that they were rejected from the outset. Consequently, the decision was made to contest the elections in Bengal independently. The Bengal Chief Minister also asserted that she had not been informed of Rahul Gandhi’s Nyay Yatra passing through Bengal, contrary to the Congress’s claims that I.N.D.I Alliance parties were invited to join the Yatra.
The breakdown between the Trinamool and the Congress occurred after state unit chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury continued his criticism of the Bengal Chief Minister. In a news conference on Tuesday, Adhir Chowdhury alleged that Mamata Banerjee came to power in the 2011 elections with the mercy of Congress.
Reportedly, the Trinamool Congress was willing to offer the Congress a maximum of three Lok Sabha seats out of the 42 seats in Bengal. In the 2019 elections, the Congress had won two Lok Sabha seats, while the TMC had secured 22 seats. Mamata Banerjee’s announcement on Wednesday to go solo suggests that the doors are now closed for the Congress in Bengal. The I.N.D.I Alliance’s struggle to forge alliances seems to be a stumbling block, and it appears that the alliance may not be able to present a united front against the BJP.