Congress writes to Sharad Pawar, Tejashwi Yadav, requests them not to campaign for TMC
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar wants to campaign for Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming Bengal assembly polls. Even Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav wants to campaign to directly support the Trinamool supremo. Meanwhile, the top leadership of the provincial congress does not want them to campaign for Mamata Banerjee.
Veteran Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya has sent a letter to Sharad Pawar and Tejashwi Yadav requesting them not to campaign for the Trinamool Congress.
At a press conference at the Calcutta Press Club on Tuesday (March 16), the Rajya Sabha MP said, "I have sent emails to Sharad Pawar and Tejashwi Yadav requesting them not to campaign for the Trinamool Congress."
Incidentally, the NCP and RJD decided to contest the Bengal elections as allies of the United Front as announced earlier. But Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav came to Kolkata on the day of the brigade rally on February 26 and said that his party will not contest this time. Tejashwi met Mamata Banerjee during his visit to Kolkata and assured his support to the TMC.
NCP chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar had earlier said that he would support the Trinamool Congress in the Bengal elections. He even gave the news of Dinesh Trivedi's inclination towards BJP to the Trinamool Congress.
However, it was decided that Sharad Pawar and Tejashwi Yadav would campaign for the Trinamool Congress in the Assembly polls. But the Congress opposed to this decision. Apart from Pradeep Bhattacharya, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has also raised objections in this regard.
The Left-Congress is in alliance with the main opposition party RJD in Bihar. In Maharashtra, NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are running the government in alliance. The Left-Congress alliance is contesting against the BJP and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in the upcoming assembly elections. In this situation, if the NCP and RJD leaders campaign on behalf of the ruling Trinamool Congress, there may be a problem. Therefore, the provincial Congress has made objection in this matter.
It may be mentioned that although there is an alliance of the Left with the Congress in Bengal and Bihar, the Left Front and Congress is fighting against each other in the forthcoming assembly elections in Kerala.