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Updated: June 12, 2012 16:18 IST

Armed with civic poll wins, Trinamool says it can go it alone

Shiv Sahay Singh
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Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate after the party's win in civic elections at Nalhati in the Birbhum district of West Bengal on Tuesday.
PTI Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate after the party's win in civic elections at Nalhati in the Birbhum district of West Bengal on Tuesday.

The Trinamool Congress, which won four of the six civic bodies in different parts of West Bengal that went to the polls on Sunday, said here on Tuesday that it has the strength to rule the State and fight the next elections on its own.

It won control of the civic bodies at Dhupguri, Durgapur, Nalhati and Panskura, but lost in Cooper's Camp and Haldia.

“The Trinamool Congress fought this elections alone against not only the CPI (M) but also other political parties…We have got enough strength to rule Bengal and fight the next elections alone,” all-India general secretary and Railway Minister Mukul Roy told journalists, sparking a fresh row between the two partners in the Mamata Banerjee government.

‘Welcome to snap ties'

Reacting to Mr. Roy's comments, the State leadership of the Congress said the Trinamool was “welcome to snap its ties with the Congress and go it alone.”

“The Trinamool Congress is forgetting that its strength in the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly is based on the support of both parties in the alliance. If it is so confident of winning the elections alone, its MPs and legislators must resign and seek re-election without the support of the Congress,” said Omprakash Mishra, general secretary of the Congress in the State.

The Trinamool and the Congress contested the civic polls separately for the first time after the alliance came to power with an overwhelming majority in the 2011 Assembly elections.

Referring to the results of the municipal polls, Mr. Roy said the party won in 72 of the 129 wards where elections were held. “The other political parties should do some introspection as they have become politically irrelevant,” he said in an oblique reference to the Congress.

Mr. Roy claimed that the results were an indicator of the party's strength “and it can stand on its feet in West Bengal.”

While the Congress has retained the Cooper Camp civic body in Nadia district, the Trinamool leadership is particularly upset at the Congress apparently playing spoilsport in Haldia in Purba Medinipur district. Not only had the Congress put up candidates in each of the civic bodies that went to the polls, it had been critical of the Trinamool Congress for threatening and intimidating its candidates and supporters in the run-up to the elections.

*This report has been corrected for a spelling error

People of Bengal still voting for Mamta? that is really surprising after what she is doing to Bengal and country.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:20 IST

All-India General Secretary and Railway Minister Mukul Roy says they have enough strength to rule Bengal. Yes, they are the feudal lords of Bengal for now. They can no doubt fight the next elections all alone. Congress is the most shameless party. Since it is spineless at the centre, with a lameduck Prime minister, it leaps at the feet of the regional parties just to have the flow of few MPs to keep the numbers little higher than the opposition but for what greater purpose. In the run, the highest corrupt ministers are in the fold, it has earned nothing more. Sonia was never in favour of a coalition government at the centre. With the disintegration in the main political parties such as the Congress and the BJP, question of coalition government has become a reality. The amount of heckling and dishonour, the Congress was subject to, in the hands of the leaders of the Trinamul, in a number of occasions, the Congress should sever all connections with the headstrong Trinamul immediately.

from:  gokul burman
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:10 IST

Mamata should focus on development and being a responsible leader at the national
level too.
Winning elections is great but not the only job of a politician. She should be
progressive and not resort to populist statements.
Democratisation should sink to deeper levels in India. Unfortunately decentralisation in
India stops at State Head quarters.
The power is shifting from New Delhi to state capitals.

from:  Dr RKRAO REBBAPRAGADA
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:33 IST

mamata win is a good sign. We need to make congress lose every election in every state.

The congress is the most dangerous party that has rewritten history to suit its political needs and has played shameless vote bank politics

from:  abhishek bose
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:08 IST

Mamata has done what pranab and company in congress failed to do for
thirty years in west bengal.Someone from the congress in tamilnadu has
to break loose to end 46 or so years of dravidan party rule.The present
day congress leadership in tamilnadu is yet to name district level
functionaries. A sad commentary on the working of congress as a national
party indeed !

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 00:08 IST

Result of Trinomool regarding resent Municipal polls would be more better if the open statement of party leaders along with supremo would be more practical and non religion.

from:  ananda bhattacharyya
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 23:27 IST

Trinamool will fail miserably in next civic polls. Trinamool is
underestimating power of Congress.

from:  Arobindo
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 19:50 IST

Its very true that without the support of Congress TMC would never won
the 2011 Bidhan Sabha Election.But now the scenario have changed,within
one year the alies became enemy,now they want separation.But the
ultimate result is it will be fruitfull for the left front.

from:  Siddhartha Guhathakurta
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 19:40 IST


Mukulbabu spelass nownds most of his time at Kolkata in stead of Delhi.
His main focua is to second Mamta's outlandish ideas.
The so called members of Civil Society who supported thoughtlessly of a Parivartan via Mamta's assend to Power are a vanishing class.

from:  partha nag
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 19:09 IST

Mamta don't need to say that they will be parting ways with congress.She already had parted her ways long back.Even after being in the government, she played the role of an able opposition leader in every possible way.they have never supported congress in passing even the most important legislative and economic bills,be that FDI,or the NCTC,or even the fare hike in railways.

she really has made the opposition's job much earlier by openly opposing the government policies,making the life tough for congress leaders.They are supporting the congress just for numbers and hardly ever looked like coalition partners.

i guess if they part ways,that would be better for the country because Mamta's "populist" politics is taking a toll on the country's economy.i see this decision of TMC as a positive development.

from:  RAKESH KUMAR YADAV
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 18:30 IST

Trinomul cong's victory is as per hoped. But Cpm's victory at Haldia & Cong's victory at cupar's camp are rathar surprised.

from:  Sovan saha
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 18:29 IST
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