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“Congress is a failure…UPA is over…,” reads the Trinamool Congress’s latest attack on the Congress party and the “squabble over its leadership”. In the party mouthpiece Jago Bangla, the TMC yet again launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying that the party “has locked itself in the freezer”.

“Despite being the largest opposition party, the Congress has locked itself in the freezer…Instead of organising people’s movements, Congress leaders have locked themselves up in their house, happily tweeting,” the TMC said in the editorial titled ‘Congress in deep freezer’.

The editorial says that “energy has fizzled out of the Congress”.

“Despite questions about the leadership crisis, the Congress has gone dormant and not even aggressively countering it,” the TMC said.

The TMC also referred to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s latest tweet and said, “The Congress remains riddled with internal squabbles over leadership.”

Ghulam Nabi Azad had recently dismissed the possibility of the Congress winning a majority in the next Lok Sabha election due in 2024. Addressing a party convention in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, he said that did not see a situation where his party would form the next government at the Centre “with 300 MPs” in the Lok Sabha.

Referring to Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement, the TMC said the Congress leader “has openly stated how there is no hope for the Congress to return to power in the next Lok Sabha polls.

“…the party is gradually moving away from power — what the TMC has been reiterating in recent times,” The TMC said in its editorial.

Calling for unity among the opposition parties, the TMC said, “Azad is only echoing what the TMC has been saying — that the Congress is a failure. That the UPA is over. That the Opposition must unite. That the bleeding due to internal rift has made it difficult for the Congress to keep its flock intact.”

In the editorial, the TMC also said that its chief Mamata Banerjee has been handed over the onus of the “coalition of the Opposition forces”.

“The country today needs a coalition of the Opposition forces and that onus has been handed to the TMC supremo by the Opposition, because she is the most popular and most acceptable face of the Opposition. Everyone is looking up to her,” said the TMC.

The TMC also termed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as “communal, undemocratic, anti-people, anti-farmer”. It said an alternative coalition is the need of the hour to defeat the BJP.

Two days back, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had declared that “there is no UPA now”. She also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi saying, “You can’t be abroad most of the time.”

Later, poll strategist Prashant Kishor launched a veiled attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying the party’s leadership is not the “divine right of an individual”. He also said the Opposition leadership should be decided “democratically”.

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