TAMIL NADU MP MANICA TAGORE WARNS AICC
They harped on the resolution stating that the necessity of coalition politics at the central level "does not prevent our state level workers from hoping and dreaming of a larger political space wherever they may be, and we, as a party, must be cognisant and supportive of their aspirations."
Taking cue from Sonia Gandhi's silence on alliance in the coming Assembly polls, West Bengal MP Deepa Dasmunshi, wife of former minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi lying in coma in hospital, said she is bringing to her the voice of grassroot workers that she wanted to hear in her presidential address.
She told the plenary that TMC is part of the UPA government and yet it issues statements against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and government policies and Mamata Bannerjee puts no photos of PM or Sonia Gandhi when she inaugurates projects in West Bengal. "Only at times, Pranabda is invited," she said.
She added that the Congress should not have a tie-up in which there is no faith or confidence and in any case not give TMC the seats where the Congress is strong or has a sitting MLA.
In a similar vein, Manicka Tagore, MP from Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu, warned against blindly accepting alliance under the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's leadership.
"The self-respect of Congress and its activists is more important," he said and pointed out that the dream of the 'Kamraj rule' in Tamil Nadu will be never achieved if the party always believed in electoral alliances.
In her speech, Dasmunshi also made an emotional appeal for the health of her husband and former Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, who, she said, had not made much progress since he was afflicted by illness two years ago.