oppn parties Mamata Banerjee Nixes Congress-CPM RS Deal

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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Mamata Banerjee Nixes Congress-CPM RS Deal

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Mamata Banerjee is a master politician when it comes to safeguarding the interests of her party. This was reinforced in the manner she moved swiftly to nix the allegedly ongoing talks between the state Congress and the CPM on fielding a joint candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from Bengal that the opposition was likely to win. In doing so, Banerjee has killed many birds with one stone.

She has stunned the state Congress leadership by showing that she has direct links with the top leadership in the Congress and Bengal leaders do not matter. It has been made known to all that the Congress high command approached her with help in getting Abhishek Manu Singvi elected and she agreed. The state Congress leadership has been shown its place and is now going to be utterly demoralized.

As for the CPM, steadily becoming a non-entity in Bengal with vote share getting reduced to single digit, Banerjee’s move has taken away even the last straw the party was hoping to clutch on. The party will now never trust the Congress and this effectively puts an end to any secular front it might have cobbled together with it. With the old guard retiring and no new mass leader emerging, the CPM is facing an existential crisis in Bengal and Mamata’s move has perhaps put the last nail in its coffin.

But with this move, Banerjee has perhaps handed the BJP a glimmer of hope. Already, the party has emerged as the principal opposition in the state. Now, with little hope of the Congress and the CPM coming together, the secular vote is going to be divided three ways. If the BJP can consolidate the Hindu vote, especially after its spectacular victory in Tripura (which debunked the myth that Bengalis do not like the party per se), it will keep chipping away at vote banks in Bengal and can pose serious problems for the TMC in coming years.