If the 41 attorneys who make up the Socialist Group (35), the five from the Mixed Group -2 from Podemos and three from UPL, Por Ávila and Vox- and the non-attached parliamentarian vote as Fuenteovejuna, they may block any initiative or project of the Government of coalition. The distribution of forces comes from last March, when PP and Cs remained in the minority in the Cortes of Castilla y León (29 + 11), when one of the parliamentarians left the group of the orange formation. There may be more combinations that ruin the interests of the parties that make up the regional Executive, but what is clear is that they will need at least two abstentions or a vote in favor to approve their projects.
With this parliamentary arch, a session is approaching, which officially starts today, intense, in which the negotiation will be more than obligatory. The focus, however, will be on the members of the Mixed Group or, more specifically, on three of them, the attorneys of Por Ávila, the Union of the Leonés People and Vox, where the Popular Party and Cs trust in being able to reap votes. Aware of this reality, the parliamentarians of these formations recognize themselves as “dearer than ever” and they vindicate what, in their opinion, should be a constant, dialogue, which on this occasion is reached out of obligation, after the absolute majorities were over in the last legislature (then it was 42-42).
One of the most desired is the representative of Por Ávila, Pedro Pascual, a formation that was born in the last regional and local elections of an excision of the PP. However, perhaps because of the fact that “there is no worse wedge than that of the wood itself”, the negotiations that before the summer carried out from the leadership of this party with the PP to reach a government agreement for the rest of the legislature They did not come to fruition and there seems to be no intention of resuming them.
Pascual confesses that he is in politics “to understand each other and agree because what is good is good, regardless of who proposes it”. For this reason, he assures that he is not willing to do “marketing”, so that “it is essential that I can get things for Ávila, but I am not going to oppose something that could harm Castilla y León.” “They treat me well, now they are more sympathetic and pleasant and they give me less cane,” he says in reference to the two large blocks, the Government and the PSOE, who aspire to have their vote. But he warns that his objective is to speak and negotiate, to go initiative by initiative, including the draft budgets for 2022. At this point, he points out that his support for this year’s accounts was conditional on carrying out several projects for Ávila, which to date today are still pending.
Another of the attorneys attached to a province is Luis Mariano Santos, from the Union of the Leonese People. It affirms that the new composition of the hemicycle “obliges PP and Ciudadanos to reach agreements; they have to put aside pride because now they have that need. He is willing to agree with everyone, although he does not hide that there are “more similar” to them, but insists that PP and Cs “have to be more open to dialogue and to hold conversations to change territorial imbalances.” “This is politics and I like to negotiate and talk,” he insists.
It also appeals to understanding the attorney of Vox, Fátima Pinacho, who acceded to the seat in February after the resignation of the previous parliamentarian from Abascal’s formation. Assume that as a representative of Vox «We have a greater responsibility because a vote can be decisive in any initiative ». He explains how “the dialogue in Parliament is continuous since PP and Cs lost the majority, although he maintains that the objective of their training continues to be” to approve good initiatives for the citizens regardless of who presents them. ” It does not hide that, although open to all negotiations, it considers that there should be an electoral call because “the Board does not have stability and we should be given the option to decide.”
The two parliamentarians of Podemos complete the Mixed Group but, in this case, they are clearly aligned with the Socialist Group (35 seats). Pablo Fernández is hopeful with a composition of the hemicycle that “has varied significantly, allows us to carry out initiatives and forces us to negotiate projects as important as budgets.” “Now it’s time to negotiate, and a lot, and that’s always good,” he points out, which is why he demands “dialogue and high-mindedness.” He acknowledges that “now everyone is looking out for the Mixed Group, very varied and diverse, but which acquires special relevance.” He acknowledges, however, that from Podemos the experience with the parties of the autonomous government “is terrible because their credibility is zero and that makes it difficult to reach agreements.”
The non-attached attorney, María Montero, who they consider a turncoat and with whom they are not willing to enter into any type of negotiation, will not be agreements with PP and Cs. She, however, maintains that her will is “to vote in favor of what seems most opportune or beneficial to me, regardless of the group that presents it.” “I have done it in conscience and I will continue to do so,” he insists, while defending that just as he has voted in favor of initiatives of the PSOE, he has done so with other Cs or PP.
The truth is that it is the socialists who saw the open skies with the march of Montero of the orange formation, which allowed them to obtain the trophy of the loss of the majority of the parties that govern in the Meeting. However, in the Socialist Group they assure that “we have always maintained the same strategy”, says Patricia Gómez, because “for those who pose a real problem it is for them”. Therefore, it presupposes an “intense” session in which “we are going to speak with all our strength, except with Vox.”
In the other block, the one who governs, The PP tries to downplay the fact of being in the minority, although its spokesman, Raúl de la Hoz, speaks of a “complex and difficult situation, which comes from the illegitimate use of a defector by some parliamentary groups ”, in such a way that he assures that his way of working“ will not change because now there is a defector / socialist in the chamber ”. “We know that we are going to meet with the PSOE, but there are others more responsible and there is an open and permanent dialogue with UPL, Vox and Por Ávila,” he concludes.
Citizens’ spokesman, David Castaño, however, is more aware of the current correlation of forces that “forces us to do something that in politics should be normal, to negotiate “and is willing to” dialogue with everyone “, excluding, yes, his former partner María Montero. He explains that Por Ávila, UPL and Vox are always prepared, not the Socialist Group with whom “we would like to, but everything is blocking.” Castaño does not hide that the remainder of the legislature will require “an extra effort that should be normal” and draws attention to other European democracies where the usual are the great pacts to form governments.