West Bengal PCC President Adhir Chowdhury on Friday referred to as Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi “two sides of the same coin” and accused each ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP of doing religion-based politics to get votes within the polls, whether or not for the Lok Sabha or native our bodies.
Mr Chowdhury, who was releasing the Congress manifesto for the December 19 Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) polls, advised reporters in Kolkata that whereas BJP embarks on a shrill Hindutva marketing campaign earlier than basic elections or native physique polls, whereas TMC counters it by treating Muslims and Hindus as separate votebanks.
“This competitive religion-based politics is creating problems for secular and progressive parties like us (Congress). We have to make people realise that Didi (Mamata Banerjee) and PM Modi (Narendra Modi) are two sides of the same coin. They had pursued this dangerous brand of politics of division in the West Bengal assembly poll in which BJP had a serious setback.
“But BJP appears to be repeating the identical agenda once more – weaving the Hindutva narrative within the civic polls and TMC is busy with catering to totally different non secular teams because it doesn’t need to discuss improvement however in creating division,” he said.
Asked about the demand for deployment of central forces during the KMC polls, Mr Chowdhury, who is also the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said “We do not place confidence in both the Kolkata Police or West Bengal Police in conducting free and honest elections.”
“We really feel that if central paramilitary armed forces are deployed in the course of the KMC polls, they are going to be capable of instil confidence amongst voters to a fantastic extent and guarantee free and honest polls. But for the reason that state election fee conducts the native physique elections, it’s its name. We can solely hope that the polls might be held in a free and honest method and there might be no rerun of the 2018 panchayat ballot,” he added.
Commenting on the note of caution by TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee to party activists against any muscle flexing during the KMC polls, Mr Chowdhury said, “This is determined by Didi. If she needs there might be free and honest polls and if she needs in any other case there might be violence.
“Let’s see what happens but we are skeptical,” he mentioned.
Answering a query, Mr Chowdhury mentioned Congress and the Left Front are contesting many of the seats individually and put the onus of absence of pre-poll alliance on the Left.
“They (LF) went ahead and announced candidates for most of the seats. It was then that we announced our candidates. We are fighting individually on our own strengths but we want to defeat BJP and TMC,” he added.
Talking in regards to the guarantees made within the Congress manifesto, Mr Chowdhury mentioned the social gathering needed to supply a “clean, livable and green Kolkata” the place improvement might be inclusive and holistic which is able to retain the heritage, tradition and ethos of town.
“We will ensure true development of slums, employment scope for the youth, better environment and infrastructure, steps for empowerment of women, besides facilities for them as well as children and elderly citizens, educational and employment opportunities for the youth,” he mentioned.
The Congress ballot guarantees included filling up 28,000 vacancies in KMC, ban on unlawful constructing building, set up of photo voltaic gentle in several areas and in buildings together with standard electrical energy and steps to cease demise by electrocution after heavy downpour within the metropolis.