Even before addressing the block of post-election pacts, a possible agreement between the PP and Vox has structured the entire electoral debate before the elections in Castilla y León on February 13. The former vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Francisco Igea, was the first to mention the far-right party, absent from the televised meeting because the electoral law of the community only allows those parties with a parliamentary group to participate in the Cortes.
The Ciudadanos candidate has warned of the danger of taking a step back in equality and in policies against gender violence if Mañueco agrees with Vox. The PP candidate has refused to position himself on possible post-election pacts throughout the entire debate. His agreement, he has insisted, is with the citizens of Castilla y León. “The best pact I can sign is with the people of Castilla y León”, Mañueco has reiterated on several occasions.
The PSOE candidate for the Junta de Castilla y León, Luis Tudanca, has harshly attacked Mañueco and his possible pact with Vox, “Are you willing for women’s rights to be cut in exchange for remaining in power? “, he asked, although he has not received any response from Mañueco.
Francisco Igea has opted for a government of great coalition, focused, and that starts from a great agreement but “without the extremists”. The Ciudadanos candidate has pointed out that the PP will reach an agreement with Vox. Igea recalled in the debate that Ayuso said on Tuesday that if he had to agree with Vox, it would be agreed. “You are the ones playing it, it is your future,” he told the citizens.
The socialist candidate, Luis Tudanca, has assured that he understands “life and politics” as an “agreement and dialogue between different people, not enemies.” For this reason, he has promised to negotiate “with all those who want change”, but has vetoed Vox from a future negotiating table. “We already know that they are willing to do anything to get power,” he criticized Igea and Mañueco, pointing out that the only possibility of change is to vote for the Socialists. “Either the PP governs with Vox or the PSOE governs,” he concluded
The candidate of the PP of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has reproached his rivals for wanting to “confuse” citizens in the face of criticism from Ciudadanos and PSOE for a possible pact between PP and Vox.
Mañueco recalled that the PP was the party that approved the first Law to combat Gender Violence. “We are not going to take a step back”, Mañueco has defended, who has maintained that his intention is to govern alone “with the support and backing of all the people of Castilla y León”.
The Ciudadanos candidate has warned of the danger of taking a step back in equality and policies against gender violence if Mañueco agrees with Vox. In addition, Igea has recognized that he is not satisfied with the care model in the residences. “You have to turn it around, think about it, that’s what the pandemic has taught us. I can’t be satisfied, if the president is, I can’t. We did our best, but satisfaction is not the word,” he said.
Francisco Igea has marked the red lines to agree on: “The policies of rights and freedoms, the Rule of Law and those who are at the extremes, support in taxation and that no one raises taxes, transparency, fight against corruption and reform of primary care”. “I will speak with the parties but I will not answer the echo or the defamation,” he stressed. He has recalled that Ayuso said last Tuesday that if he had to agree with Vox, it would be agreed. “You are the ones playing it, it is your future,” he told the citizens. Igea has responded to Mañueco about his last political opportunity and has said that the campaign has run over him.
The debate ended with a golden minute, in which Igea assured that this “is what it is”: “Neither the CIS, nor Dracula, nor any of the pop stars that have landed in the campaign”. The socialist candidate has assured that today the change is “closer than ever”; while Mañueco has asked the citizens to vote to continue being “the best place to live”.