Not time for ego, anger: Margaret Alva on TMC’s decision


NEW DELHI: Opposition’s candidate for the Vice-President’s post Margaret Alva on Friday said Trinamool Congress’s decision to abstain from the vice-presidential polls was “disappointing” and that she hoped the party would reconsider its decision.
“This isn’t the time for ‘whataboutery’, ego or anger. This is the time for courage, leadership and unity. I believe, @MamataOfficial, who is the epitome of courage, will stand with the opposition,” Alva tweeted.
Alva’s reaction came a day after TMC caught the opposition camp by surprise by announcing that its 36 MPs would abstain from the August 6 vice-presidential polls because the party was not consulted by the opposition camp managers in the decision-making process.
Though the TMC asserted that it will “never back NDA nominee Jagdeep Dhankhar”, party chief Mamata Banerjee’s meeting with the former Bengal governor and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in Darjeeling earlier this month led to considerable chatter over her plans, as well as what her desertion would mean for the future of the already elusive ‘opposition unity’. The consternation in the anti-BJP camp deepened because the failure of 36 TMC MPs to back Alva’s candidature will not only dampen the opposition’s prospects in the vice-presidential polls, but also dent the ‘ideological battle’ pitch the opposition had sought to raise in the presidential and VP polls.
While the Opposition managers had no illusion about the results of this lopsided contest, Alva’s candidature was a serious posturing to convey that the Opposition would not be cowered by NDA’s means or muscle. Banerjee’s volte face, however, served a body blow to the opposition plans.





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