Kolkata: The Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi, besides four from Trinamool, secured predictable victories in the RajyaSabha elections from Bengal on Friday, with the optics around the victories suggesting closer ties between the two parties and further estrangement between the CPM and the Congress.
Singhvi went with leader of the Opposition, the Congress’s Abdul Mannan, to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and thanked her party for supporting his candidature, which ensured his victory over the CPM’s Rabin Deb.
“Given the current state of the nation, unity in the national Opposition is the need of the hour to prevent the division of anti-BJP votes,” Singhvi, previously a two-term Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan, said.
Asked how he felt about having taken the support of Trinamool despite Mannan and others often criticising the ruling party, Singhvi said: “I am not as familiar with the politics of the state as I am with that of the Centre.”
While the Congress and the Trinamool camps appeared closer than they ever have been since the Congress-Left truck ahead of the 2016 Assembly polls, the Left camp was seen sulking.