Mamata Banerjee Slams Congress; Says There Is “No UPA Now”
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, slammed the Congress party, saying, "What is UPA? there is no UPA now."
After meeting the chief of the Nationalist Congress Party, Sharad Pawar, on 1 December in Mumbai, Mamata Banerjee questions the existence of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The United Progressive Alliance was formed in 2004 in opposition to the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). The largest member of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is the Nationalist Congress Party.
After Mamata met with Sharad Pawar on 1 December, the latter agreed with her viewpoints towards UPA and decided to ally with like-minded people irrespective of Congress’ support to win the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
This meeting between TMC and Maha Vikas Aghadi (a part of Congress) ally Sharad Pawar took place when there was still an ongoing rift between both the parties.
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh reacted to Mamata’s statement by saying that the UPA is opposed to the ruling party i.e., BJP. He further stated, “our fight is against the ruling party. Those who do not want to join us are free to do so. Can any political alliance be formed against BJP without the participation of Congress?”
According to Mamata Banerjee, not all anti-BJP groups need to involve a leader from the Congress party.
After meeting with Sharad Pawar in Mumbai, Mamata Banerjee made two politically contradictory statements. To defeat BJP, all regional parties should unite, and another statement claiming that there is “No UPA now”.
Mamata Banerjee made a statement that she is ready to fight against the BJP only if others are willing to fight.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal tweeted, “without Congress, UPA will be a body without a soul” without mentioning Mamata’s statement.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdary, president of the West Bengal Congress Committee, says that Mamata wants to split the Congress party and become the informer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to ANI Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary stated that- “Mamata does not know how to respect the national anthem. Congress is a national party, and that is how it approaches issues in different states”.
Despite the criticism, Mamata is still looking for a strong alternative to the incumbent party, the BJP, in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, while also attacking the Congress party.
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