Tuesday, March 28

Sánchez urges the PP to break all its agreements with Vox if it wants the PSOE to abstain in Castilla y León

The PSOE is not willing to allow a solitary government of the PP in Castilla y León with its abstention and is convinced that it is the irremediable path for Pablo Casado, but it gets rid of the pressure that the PP is exerting and that has increased since that the socialist mayors of Valladolid and León have raised it as an option. Pedro Sánchez has urged the PP to break all the agreements it has with Vox in regions such as Madrid, Murcia or Andalusia if he wants the Socialists to abstain. “Explain to the public why they refuse to have a coalition government with the far-right party,” said the president, who wants to transfer all the pressure and responsibility to those of Casado.

The PSOE refuses to facilitate a PP government without Vox with its abstention

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“If you want to ask the PSOE to abstain in Castilla y León, explain to the citizens why you want the PSOE to abstain. Ask for it and explain why. Because if you explain that the extreme right is a danger to democracy, maybe we can understand; if you explain that a cordon sanitaire must be put in place for those who are questioning the rights and freedoms of women or of the LGTBI collective, perhaps we can understand each other. But do one thing beforehand, with all those who are agreeing with the extreme right in Madrid and outside of Madrid, tell them to break the agreements with the extreme right”, he told the PP spokesman, Javier Maroto, during the control session in the Senate.

“Who has come out losing has been Castilla y León and who has come out winning, because you have promoted it, has been the extreme right and you are the ones who have to respond to it,” Sánchez replied to Maroto after he brought up the possibility of abstaining that a couple of voices in his own party have raised. “[Alfonso Fernández] Mañueco has made it clear that he wants a government alone. There are authorized voices from his party in Castilla y León who are proposing abstention so that there is a solo government of the PP, “the conservative spokesman had told him.

The president has once again reproached the PP for calling the elections in Castilla y León when there were “court advisors from the “demographic right” who predicted that he would obtain 41% of the votes and, therefore, win “with absolute majority”. “It has been shown that it is not true, that the change of cycle, that the strategy that was going to take Casado to La Moncloa, has not been such”, explained Sánchez. “We are not guilty of the advance or of the agreements they maintain with the extreme right in Madrid, Murcia and Andalusia, and in many territories of our country”, insisted Sánchez, who has assumed that the PP will end up governing with the extreme right.

“What we can guarantee the citizens of Castilla y León is that any questioning that is made by the Government that you are going to form with Vox about women, the LGTBI collective or any issue that is linked to a setback in rights and freedoms, will have a forceful and firm response within the legality of the Government of Spain”, Sánchez has sentenced.

“Do not get too brave in defense of freedoms because today the president of the Board, who will continue to be, has said that for the PP any step back in equality is an inalienable principle,” was Maroto’s response , who has insisted that the president should listen “a little more to his own”: “He lives kidnapped in La Moncloa. The mayors, who do have some contact with the citizens, are saying to take into account that even for the socialists of Castilla y León, a solitary government of the PP is a good option.

“It gives the impression that who wants to see Vox governing in Castilla y León is not [Santiago] Abascal, but you”, Maroto has finished, who has reproached the president for not having answered anything related to the director of the CIS, José Félix Tezanos, whose dismissal has been demanded of him after the public center has erred again in the forecasts of the elections this Sunday.

The independence movement asks “to open the territorial melon”

Sánchez has also been questioned in the Senate by parliamentarians from EH Bildu and JxCat who have reproached him for the lack of ambition when addressing the territorial debate. “It is time to open the territorial melon”, Senator Gorka Elejabarrieta told him, who has demanded an agreed referendum as a solution for Euskadi. “I think that independence is a political theory that represents the 19th or 20th century,” Sánchez responded, defending the unity of the territories against disintegration. “If we want to talk about a Constitution, it is about a European Constitution; if we want to talk about the Spanish Constitution, it is about its reform,” the president told him, who took the opportunity to stoke the PP for refusing that modification, even to eliminate the term “disabled” in its article 49.

JxCat senator Josep Lluís Cleríes has reproached Sánchez for managing the political conflict in Catalonia with an “abusive increase in advertisements and investments that are not made”. “He promised to leave behind the judicialization of the conflict and we go from disqualification to disqualification. Putting a yellow ribbon is disqualification, but for the Prime Minister to campaign from his office is a fine,” he has complained. He has also questioned the functioning of the dialogue table, which has not met since September: “A negotiation cannot work with the veto of a significant part of the independence movement. He has set up a removable table that is at the service of their electoral interests. This is not how a political conflict is resolved, it is resolved by truly facing it”, Cleríes concluded.

“When you bet on dialogue you bet with all the consequences. It cannot be that they reproach that of the sit and talk and when we convene that dialogue table, those who are missing are you”, Sánchez replied, who has brought a string of investments that have been made in Catalonia during his mandate: “We have gone from a permanent conflict in 2017 to a constant dialogue on the part of of the Government of the Generalitat with the government in multiple ways”.