Tripura TMC to ask Mamata to review support to Meira Kumar

  • Tripura TMC to ask Mamata to review support to Meira Kumar

Tripura TMC to ask Mamata to review support to Meira Kumar

He however, lashed out at Trinamool supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her decision to vote for CPI (M) backed President nominee Meira Kumar and alleged, "Only a year ago she fought against communist in the West Bengal assembly elections and we six MLAs had to leave Congress party for its decision to extend support to CPI (M) against Mamata Banerjee and now the same lady join hand with CPI (M), which we can not accept". However, TMC MLAs here denied the allegation and termed the announcement of Mr Chatterjee as "unfortunate and undemocratic".

Burman said six Congress legislators, including himself, had defected before the West Bengal assembly election previous year in protest against Congress-CPI (M) alliance there and had joined TMC because they had felt it was the only party which can oust CPI-M from power in Tripura.

Meanwhile, Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar has written letters to all members of the electoral college, seeking their support in the July 17 election.

The leaders were, however, clear about the stand that they wouldn't vote for Meira Kumar.

Trinamool Congress legislators in Tripura yesterday made a decision to vote in favor of Kovind instead of Kumar saying that they would not like to vote for someone who is supported by CPI-M. "We don't know who was excluded from the suspension list", he said. We have extended our support to Congress candidate Meira Kumar.

They also said that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had largely sided from her initial opposition to the communists and were working with them on several significant political issues. Whatever, today Trinamool has in the state only because of our individual effort. Another Congress MLA quit and joined CPI (M). We have come across scores of Independent MLAs expressing support for Kovind in the Presidential election. Both the TMC and CPI (M), considered arch-rivals in West Bengal politics, are part of the Opposition bloc, which faced a jolt when the Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) chose to back the NDA nominee.

The NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind is not only getting additional votes from six Trinamool Congress MLAs in Tripura, the BJP expects two out of the three Congress MLAs in the State also to extend support to him. We might be abstained from voting in the election.