Park Circus Maidan, Kolkatta yesterday witnessed a rare camaraderie. When Congress and left sealed an electoral adjustment, CPIM was desperately trying to play down it at national level. But Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the former chief minister, who have openly expressed his dissenting views with party leaders on various previous occasions, had no such qualms. He shared dais with Rahul Gandhi and made it emphatic that both parties are in total alliance and it make sense for both of them to come together.
In his first public meeting for assembly election campaigning, Buddhadeb addressed Congress Vice President as “Dear Rahul” and found time to recall the fond memories of warm relation between top CPM leaders and Rahul’s father, Rajiv Gandhi. He also termed the meeting as very ‘rare’ and said that the alliance will bring back the glory of Bengal lost during the tenure of Trinamool Congress (TMC).
However, instead of talking about the ‘rarest of the rares meet’, the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi focused on attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for turning a blind eye to the issues of farmers in the country. He said that Prime Minster does not have time to visit drought-hit regions of the country, while busying himself in international tours. “He goes to foreign countries, but cannot go to Vidarbha in Maharashtra,” he said. He also criticized Trinamool heavyweights who caught red-handed in Narada sting operation, while talking about Sharada chit fund scandal.
Meanwhile, the BJP chief Amit shah took digs at the unusual meet where Rahul Gandhi and Buddhadeb shared the dais while addressing a rally in the city, yesterday. “Today we saw them addressing together in a party rally. Tomorrow they have rallies against each other in Kerala,” he said. He also said that the both parties playing ILU ILU in Bengal, while fighting each other in Kerala.
Meantime, addressing a joint campaign rally of Congress and the Left front in Serampore stadium, Hooghly, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi canvased votes for the Congress and “Laljhande wali” (Red Flag) party. She also said that the people of Bengal will have to fulfil their historic responsibility by bringing back Congress-Left alliance for peace and welfare of the state.