Kolkata: As the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) extended support to UPA’s presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee, the Trinamool Congress Thursday dubbed the decision as further proof of a covert axis between the Marxists and the Congress.
“This support towards Pranab Mukherjee has once again proved the old friendship between Congress and Marxists that had in turn helped the Left to rule Bengal for three decades. It has proved that the two parties only represent two sides of the same coin,” said Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh.
The Left parties Thursday failed to reach a consensus on the presidential election with the CPI-M and the Forward Bloc supporting Mukherjee and the Communist Party of India and Revolutionary Socialist Party deciding to abstain.
“CPI-M has already lost all political credibility and by supporting Pranab babu, they have committed a political blunder. Because this support has proved that they were never serious in opposing the economic and anti-people policies of the central government,” said Ghosh.
He also alleged that the CPI-M was trying to fish in troubled waters.
“Earlier, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had said that Pranab babu is their man in New Delhi. Now the CPI-M, by supporting Mukherjee, has returned the favour,” Ghosh said.
Asked about his party’s stand on the presidential polls, the Trinamool MP said: “We our yet to take a decision. There is still lot of time. We will now wait and watch.”