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    BJP mocks Rahul Gandhi and Congress following TMC’s snub in Bengal | Action Punjab

    ACTION PUNJAB NEWS Desk: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took a jibe at the Congress on Sunday after Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress disclosed its candidates for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, suggesting that wherever Rahul Gandhi has ventured, the INDIA alliance met its demise.

    “Today, another ‘Jhatka’ and another ‘Kalesh’ in the INDIA alliance. Mamata Banerjee has unilaterally announced the seats, leaving the Congress in disarray. Wherever Rahul Gandhi has stepped, the INDIA alliance has taken its last breath,” stated BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla, as reported by ANI.

    This remark referred to Rahul Gandhi’s recent Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra passing through West Bengal last month.

    Poonawalla also criticized the Congress for its silence regarding the allegations raised by women in Sandeshkhali against Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan.

    The Sandeshkhali controversy has become a significant point of contention between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha election. Sheikh Shahjahan, accused of assaulting women in Sandeshkhali and encroaching on their lands, was apprehended by the West Bengal police.

    “The Congress party strategically remained silent on Sandeshkhali. Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi refrained from commenting on Sheikh Shahjahan, while Mallikarjun Kharge defended him,” claimed Poonawala.

    “Mamata Banerjee had offered the Congress two seats or suggested they carry on alone, as the Congress would not secure even 40 seats nationwide… This illustrates the state of their alliance,” he added.

    In recent times, Congress and TMC leaders have engaged in a verbal spat over seat-sharing in West Bengal, with the Mamata Banerjee-led party asserting that it could only provide a maximum of two seats. The Congress presently holds two MPs from West Bengal.

    Despite this, Banerjee later announced that her party would contest the elections independently. Nevertheless, the Congress remains optimistic about forming an alliance in the state.

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    Congress responds to TMC’s announcement

    In response to the Trinamool Congress’s announcement earlier today, the Congress expressed its stance, stating its consistent desire for a fair seat-sharing arrangement with the TMC in West Bengal.

    “The Indian National Congress has consistently emphasised the necessity for such an agreement to be reached through negotiations rather than through unilateral declarations. The Indian National Congress has always advocated for the INDIA coalition to combat the BJP collectively,” stated Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh.

    However, West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury remarked that Mamata Banerjee’s announcement of 42 candidates from West Bengal has demonstrated that no political leader or party should place trust in her.

    Furthermore, the Congress has solidified seat-sharing agreements with the Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, the DMK, and is nearing finalisation of deals with the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the MVA in Maharashtra.

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    (Inputs from agencies)

    Author: actionpunjab

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