India's two most powerful women politicians- Sonia Gandhi of the Congress and Mamata Banerjee chief minister of West Bengal- have sounded the battle cry to prevent Narendra Modi and the BJP from retaining power at the Centre in 2019 during separate events on Friday. "But that did no affect our opposition to the ruling party at the state level", said Abdul Mannan, Congress legislative party leader. "Under the given circumstances all the regional parties should unite to put pressure on the BJP", she said.
Mr Singhvi later said, "Whichever part or place you belong to, the arithmatic, history and geography of this state politically shows a huge anti-BJP commonality".
On the Left Front proposing to field a candidate against Mr Singhvi, he said, "It is their democratic right to do so and I will not comment on it". After an hour-long meeting with the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) members at the Assembly premises here, Singhvi told reporters he was proud to be the party nominee for the 23 March Rajya Sabha polls from the state whose nomination papers are scheduled to be filed on Monday. But, Banerjee has made a decision to extend support to Congress itself and back Singhvi, This is surprising as Congress have been contesting Bengal polls as allies of the Left, which are the biggest political rivals for TMC.
Congress Rajya Sabha candidate from West Bengal Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Saturday thanked Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for backing him and said he was happy to be nominated from a state which has an "anti-BJP political space".
The chief minister had yesterday announced that her party would support Singhvi in the Rajya Sabha polls from the state as he had appeared in Supreme Court in some cases for her and some of her party leaders. "We are supporting him because he has worked with us for the greater interest of the State", Ms. Banerjee said.
Stating that if BJP targets Bengal, her party would target the Red Fort in 2019, Banerjee said, "I will ask them (BJP) to manage Delhi first and then think about Bengal".