The Socialist Party wishes to participate in opposition cooperation as an equal partner, without being “treated as a toe rag”, party leader Bertalan Tóth said, reacting to the recent announcement of the Socialist mayors of two Budapest districts that they will switch over to the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) party.
“Building a party’s human resources policy on looting the Socialists” will not help opposition cooperation, Tóth said. He said the argument of the two mayors, László Kiss and Sándor Szaniszló, that DK’s policy in European affairs had been more attractive to them, was “hypocritical and unacceptable”. The two mayors “would be nowhere in politics without the Socialist Party”.
Tóth proposes that those who leave the party to run as a candidate of another party at local or general elections should not be eligible for the Socialist party’s support. He also proposes a review of cooperation in Kiss and Szaniszló’s districts. The Socialists have made great sacrifices for the success of cooperation and their experience, institutions and community were crucial in the opposition’s victories in the local elections last autumn, he said.
In the October 13 elections, the Socialists gained strength, obtaining 45 mayoral posts and nearly 400 mandates in local councils, Tóth said. Support of the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance is stable and growing steadily, the Socialist leader added. He warned, however, that the “democratic parties” can only win against ruling Fidesz if they join forces.