Rahul calls for coalition govt in WB

Rahul calls for coalition govt in WB

Rahul calls for coalition govt in WB

In the first ever public ratification of the Congress on its coalition with the Left, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi called for people to bring the coalition to power in Bengal.

His words are expected to enthuse party workers and smooth out doubts that crept in over seat-sharing in the last few weeks. “It will be a government by all. It will be a government of the poor and the common people, a government of tribals and Dalits, weaker sections,” said Rahul while addressing his season’s first public rally in Bengal at Niyamatpur in Burdwan district.

Pointing out that he agreed to the wishes to the state party unit, he said, “I’ve agreed with what you wanted. Now you go along with Left workers, hold their hands, and defeat Mamataji and the Trinamool Congress.  Bring a coalition government in Bengal.” Rahul, who shared the dais with a number of senior Left leaders, took on both Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress vice-president said that both of them want “one-person rule”. “Both of them wish to crush the entire opposition. Both wish to run their governments single-handedly,” he said, accusing Mamata and Modi of being dictatorial. Accusing Modi of using “money power” to topple “democratically-elected governments at Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand”, Rahul said Modi of trying to “finish off democracy” in India.

Stating that Modi is pursuing the ideology of “Nagpur”, headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he said, “He wants only one ideology in India, one view point, that of Nagpur, which he wants to impose on rest of the country. And wherever one stands up against him… he wants to crush it.” Further attacking Mamata, Rahul said what Trinamool chief is doing in Bengal is what Modi is doing across India. “She also wants the monopoly of one person.” He added that the coalition will not run a government of “just one person”, hinting at Mamata, who is often considered as the sole power centre of the Trinamool government.

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