Need of the hour is to prevent vote division: Singhvi
Kolkata: Stating that vote division will allow the divisive forces like BJP to win at some places with only 20 percent vote in its favour, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha election from Bengal, said: "The need of the hour for politics at the Central level is to prevent vote divisiveness."
He was speaking at a Press conference, after filing his nomination in the state Assembly on Monday, for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha election.
Singhvi said in several parts of the country and Bengal as well, there are places where vote division will allow BJP to win even when 80 percent vote is against them, "only because of triangular or quadruple contest and this has to be avoided by different political parties in different parts of the country," as it is no one's intention to allow BJP get undue benefit.
Though Singhvi didn't use terms like "alliance" while speaking about the future of national politics ahead of the general elections in 2019, he maintained that "issue-based and event-based coordination at the Central level is a reality which cannot be denied".
All the four Trinamool Congress candidates, Nadimul Haque, Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Dr Santanu Sen, have also submitted their nomination papers.
Taking lesson from their previous mistake of not filing nomination papers on time, for which the nomination of Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya was cancelled in 2017, CPI(M)'s Rabin Deb submitted his nomination papers at around 11:30 a.m.
Interestingly, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury and the Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan, didn't accompany Singhvi when he filed his nomination papers to the secretary of the Assembly.
They were present in the office room of the Leader of the Opposition. They also decided not to attend the Press Conference along with Singhvi, as it would be embarrassing for them if they had to avoid speaking on the relation between Congress and Trinamool Congress in the state level, when the latter is providing all support to its candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections.
Singhvi, who is getting the support of Trinamool Congress, has however, thanked the party's supremo Mamata Banerjee and stated that Bengal, the land of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, is the right place for him to contest when it is not happening from his home state of Rajasthan.