Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday offered unconditional support to Congress to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha election. Banerjee said the Congress must support other political parties in states where the regional parties are strong.
Talking to reporters at the state secretariat, the TMC chief said, ” there’s nothing wrong with supporting the grand old party. But, they (Congress) have to support other political parties, too.”
“In a state where there is a strong regional party, BJP won’t be able to put up a fight. The strongest regional party must be given priority in each state. We will give support to the Congress in states where they are strong. There is no problem with this. But they (Congress) have to support other political parties too. Banerjee added, “And wherever Congress is strong in their 200 seats or something, what we have calculated, let them fight, and we will support them.”
Ahead of the Karnataka assembly election, Banerjee had appealed to the people not to vote for the BJP in the southern state. Mamata Banerjee said, “I am giving you (Congress) the support in Karnataka, but you are fighting against me every day (in West Bengal). This shouldn’t be the policy. This goes for everybody. If you want to achieve some good things, you have to sacrifice in your area.”
Banerjee’s statement came after she recently announced that her party would compete alone in West Bengal.