Mamata Banerjee’s party today said it will abstain from voting in the Vice President election. In which the ruling BJP’s candidate is Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Governor of Bengal. The Vice Presidential election will be held on August 6. Jagdeep Dhankhar’s opposition rival is Congress veteran Margaret Alva.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has delivered the latest blow to opposition unity.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has delivered the latest blow to opposition unity. Afterwards, parties like the Shiv Sena and the JMM backed Droupadi Murmu, the presidential candidate of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Abhijit Banerjee said the party had unanimously decided not to support either Mr Dhankhar or Margaret Alva. The question of supporting the NDA (BJP-led National Democratic Alliance) candidate doesn’t even arise. The way the opposition candidate was decided without proper consultation and deliberation with a party which has 35 MPs in both houses. TMC has decided unanimously to abstain from the voting process,” the Trinamool Congress MP told reporters. Mr. Dhankhar’s elevation as Vice President of India will move him out of Bengal to Delhi, and for Mamata Banerjee, that is a huge win.
The Chief Minister and Mr. Dhankhar have clashed relentlessly over the past three years. Ms. Banerjee accused the governor of hounding her at the instance of the BJP at the center. Despite the hostile relationship, Mr. Dhankhar is believed to have sought Ms. Banerjee’s support. The two met in Darjeeling recently and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was also present. Mr. Banerjee said most Trinamool MPs were against backing the opposition candidate. On one side is NDA’s Dhankhar, and on the other side is Margaret Alva. There was a consensus about Dhankhar’s conduct and heavy bias. His assault on the people of Bengal in the past three years…there is no way we can support the NDA candidate,” Mr. Banerjee said.