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People against Cong, says Mukul

Calcutta, Jan. 28: A day after Rahul Gandhi said little that can save the Congress in the Lok Sabha battle, Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy rubbed it in saying people were against the Congress.

In an exclusive interview to ABP Ananda, the Rajya Sabha MP said: “People are against the Congress…. Scams like 2G, coalgate, Commonwealth Games and helicopter took place. But the people have been worst hit by price rise. The recent polls in the five states have shown that people do not want the Congress…. In Bengal, too, the subsequent elections have shown that the state government’s popularity is on the rise,” Roy said during the hour-long interview.

He added: “There has been a qualitative change in people’s lives…. Word about the good work being done by the Bengal government has spread to other states as well and it will go in our favour.”

Roy’s TV appearance comes two days before Mamata Banerjee’s Brigade rally on January 30, when she is expected to roll out her campaign for the Lok Sabha polls and announce her party nominees.

Trinamul supporters have been out on the streets to drum up support to make the rally a historic one in terms of attendance. The same venue will host BJP and Left rallies on February 5 and 9, respectively.

Asked about former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia contesting on a Trinamul ticket, Roy denied the possibility. He said: “We have not yet decided on any names…. Let the elections be declared first. There is an election committee in the party and it will recommend names to the party leader and she will take the final call. She will roll out her political vision in the Brigade rally.”

Echoing Mamata, the Trinamul leader spoke about the party going it alone in the Lok Sabha polls, but did not rule out the possibility of choosing alliance partners once the mandate was clear.

“Trinamul is not with any other party and we are going to fight it alone. That the 2014 mandate is going to be a fractured one is clear. We believe regional parties, especially the Trinamul Congress, will play a decisive role in the post-poll scenario,” he said, in reply to a question on whether Trinamul preferred Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi at the Centre.