KOLKATA: Bengal CPM secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra on Thursday ruled out any post-poll tie-up with Trinamool Congress in the event of Mamata Banerjee’s party falling short of a majority. He suggested that TMC and BJP could well join hands to form the next government if both parties failed to reach the magic number.
Mishra’s statement came a day after state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury kept alive the “possibility” of a post-poll alliance between the Congress-Left-Indian Secular Front combine and Trinamool. The CPM state secretary’s comment makes it evident that the pre-poll partners might part ways after the polls in the event of a hung assembly. Asked about Chowdhury keeping Congress’ options open, Mishra chose to talk about BJP and Trinamool instead.
“They are helping each other and are two sides of the same coin. The cumulative seats of BJP and TMC should be brought down together, so much so that they can’t even cross the halfway mark. They will not be able to form a government,” Mishra said. “If none of them has the mandate to form a government, they will join hands.” Mishra claimed that Trinamool was already looking “weak” against BJP and held that only Sanjukta Morcha candidates could take on BJP.