Kolkata: Pradesh Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury clearly said on
Wednesday that the West Bengal Congress will not accept TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee
as the Prime Minister.
To stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power in 2019, the Congress
is ready to accept a nominee for the prime ministerial candidate from any
Opposition alliance who has no backing of the RSS. Specularions are rife that a
woman prime ministerial candidate may be projected in the next elections and names
of BSP leader Mayawati and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee are doing the rounds.
Adhir’s statement shows the difference between the ideologies of the party in the
state and the centre.
The Congress at the centre has decided that if BJP do not get a majority and if
Congress has to elect from the Opposition, then they are willing to support
Mayawati or Mamata Banerjee.
Adhir said, “Congress and Mamata Banerjee will fight their own battles. We as
Congress supporters can never imagine anyone as the PM except Rahul Gandhi. We do
not work in this party to see Mamata Banerjee as the next PM. Mamata Banerjee is
actually trying to get 42 out of 42 seats and make the BJP’s position strong.”
Adhir has always raised protests against TMC and its supremo Mamata Banerjee. He
was always complained about the present Bengal government to Rahul Gandhi. He also
tried pointing out to Rahul how the Congress party is being broken into pieces. But
as the elections are nearing, Sonia-Rahul are growing close to Mamata. But Adhir,
quite clearly, is not being able to support this.
The question remains, if Mamata Banerjee becomes the next PM with the support of
Congress, will Adhir accept it or leave the party?