Jaitley mocks Congress for ‘piggybacking on alliances’

Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday ridiculed the Congress, saying it was only looking for piggyback rides on alliances to stay in existence.

In the city to campaign for the West Bengal assembly polls, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader ruled out as a contender, the party which has tied-up with the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front.

“So far as Congress is concnerned, nothing can be expected from them. Both their politics and policies are opportunistic. Battling for existence, they are looking for piggyback rides. In search of a few seats, they aligned with JD-U and RJD in Bihar, in Tamil Nadu with the DMK and in Bengal with the Left Front,” he said.

Jaitley even said the Congress’s ambitions have dipped so low that they are content being the “tail-enders”.

“In its battle for survival, Congress is content playing the second or the third fiddle. The level of its own aspirations have come down, its level of ambitions is so low that it doesn’t mind becoming the tail-ender of an alliance. Be it Bihar, Tamil Nadu or West Bengal, it is the tail-ender of the alliance,” he said.

“Without any political or ideological stand, the Congress will never be a serious player,” he said.

Charging the Left Front with “destroying Bengal” and accusing the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress of belying the people’s expectations, Jaitley batted for his party to usher in development in the state.

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