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With an eye to the future: Is Mamata the Harkishan Singh Surjeet of 2022?

Mamata Banerjee's sights are not on the Presidential election: They are on another election that will take place in 2024

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CPI(M)  | Harkishan Singh Surjeet | Congress

Aditi Phadnis 

Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with leaders of 16 other parties during an ‘Opposition leaders meet’ ahead of the Presidential election

The 2004 Lok Sabha election saw the get more seats than expected, but not enough to form a government on its own. It needed allies and, in order to keep the out, the Left offered its support, based on commitment to a Common Minimum Programme. As the Samajwadi Par­ty (SP) was an ally of the Left in UP, the SP rode piggyback, believing it too was going to be part of the government. It thought wrong. While the CPI(M)’s Harkishan Singh Surj­eet, the man who helped build ma­ny secular alliances, was invited to the first strategy meeting to be held at Sonia Gandhi’s residence, the SP was rather pointedly kept out.

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First Published: Mon, June 20 2022. 06:10 IST
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