While the Trinamool Congress may not have a candidate in the presidential poll, their leaders are continuing to question the nomination of UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee. The latest attack came via Twitter, with TMC leader Derek O’Brien accusing the veteran Congress leader of unethical behaviour and trying to split the party.
“Pranab M directly called up a TMC MP seeking support. Politically ethical to do ? Or trying to break TMC? Try & try again.Won’t break ,” the TMC MP tweeted today.
O’Brien did not specify which MP Mukherjee had called seeking support. The Trinamool Congress has still not declared whom it will back in the Presidential poll after their choice, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, refused to contest in the poll.
“Lots of Breaking News on President polls.But ‘he’ who is trying to Break TMC can try another 1000 times… Your time starts now ,” O’Brien, who is a popular quiz master outside the political arena, tweeted.
O’Brien seemed to have ignored the fact that Congress leaders including Mukherjee have been calling party leaders across political lines seeking support. Ironically a rebel TMC MP today publicly stated that he would support the veteran Congress leader’s candidature.
However, a Congress party spokesperson dismissed O’Brien’s tweets saying that neither the party nor Pranab Mukherjee were interested in splitting the TMC.
“The Congress has no interest in breaking any party especially not that of an ally,” the spokesperson said, adding that it had historically not indulged in breaking other parties.
The Trinamool Congress has not specified any candidate after party chief Mamata Banerjee attempted to form an alliance with Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh to propose three other candidates. However, after Mulayam Singh decided to back Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature, the TMC was left isolated and has not made its views on the poll public.