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TMC open to alliance with Congress in case of hung mandate

Speaking to The Meghalayan, TMC National secretary Abhishek Banerjee said that the party has no issues if the Congress approaches them, and that Mukul Sangma’s moving away from the Congress was because of his dissatisfaction with the party’s working without understanding the ground realities.

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The Trinamool Congress (TMC), on February 17, said that the party would like to invite all like-minded parties to come together, even as he maintained that alliance is always open in case of a hung mandate with Congress.

Speaking to The Meghalayan, TMC National secretary Abhishek Banerjee said that the party has no issues if the Congress approaches them, and that Mukul Sangma’s moving away from the Congress was because of his dissatisfaction with the party’s working without understanding the ground realities.

“Why Mukul Sangma moved out of Congress? If I say I want to fight with BJP, I can’t do it sitting on Twitter and Facebook, it has to be on the ground, I have to stand by the people, so there is a lot of difference between saying and actually doing it,” Banerjee said.

“When I say that I will take on NPP, I can Tweet post on Facebook in the next 5 minutes, but actually if I want to do that it will take me months to be with the public to actually take that fight to every household of the state. Congress is a party which has only been saying, and Trinamool is a party which is actually doing,” he added.

On the question of BJP forming a task force to investigate all corruption cases, Banerjee said that BJP is already a part of MDA government, and the saffron party stating that it will investigate its own crime is laughable.

“There has been illegal mining despite court orders, has there been any ED, CBI raid in the last 5 years? It is because the money that is being raised by looting the people is eventually going to the pockets of the people sitting in Delhi and Guwahati, hence no investigation,” he said.

Replying to TMC statement on scrapping the border MoU and a possible solution on the vexed issue, Banerjee said that there should be extensive deliberations, consultations, taking into account the confidence of every stakeholder than only can a conclusion be arrived at.

Outlining TMC’s plan to address the mining issue, the NPP leader said that the party will come out with a mining policy which is not only on paper implementable and sustainable in the long run.

Pointing to the popularity of TMC in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills, Banerjee claimed that TMC has its support across Meghalaya, and this is the reason why he is visiting Khasi Hills, otherwise he would have spent all his 4 days in Garo Hills.

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