The Conservatives want to replace Daniel Constantin at the helm of the Conservative Party (PC) by merging with Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s new party, according to the stiripesurse.ro news website. “The merger with PLR could be considered, especially since they were working together. They are not yet a party, have no structures, but they have a fairly powerful parliamentary group, so a possible merger under PC’s aegis, with a possible “L” from “Liberals” added to it, would raise the strength of a center-right party. If a new party is formed everything will have to be changed,” a PC leader explained, being quoted by the aforementioned source.
In September, Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on public television (referring to the new PC-PLR parliamentary group set up back then) that “this is not an agreement between parties, but strictly between parliamentary groups that have decided to unite in order to gain more strength. We have become the third-largest group in Parliament. We plan to promote solutions in what concerns the right-wing spectrum and to fulfill them. The parties (PC and PLR – editor’s note) maintain their independence.”
In his turn, Daniel Constantin stated on that occasion, in a communiqué, that he salutes “President Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s decision to join us, in order to jointly build a strong parliamentary group that would promote center-right measures. (…) Along with our PLR colleagues, we have thought-out a dynamic and flexible parliamentary construct that helps us fulfill the center-right doctrinaire goals, without affecting in any way the other commitments taken by our parties at political and government level.”
According to Daniel Constantin, depending on the results of the parliamentary cooperation between PC and PLR, results that will be embodied in the “Center-right Measures for Romania” program, it would be possible to develop the partnership “in other dimensions too.”
Daniel Constantin is criticized by several PC MPs and members of party branches for being too close to Premier Victor Ponta, the critics demanding a distancing from PSD as a result. According to stiripesurse.ro, during a meeting of PC branches from northwestern regions, a meeting that took place at the end of last month, it was clearly stated that almost everyone is dissatisfied with the party’s current leadership and that a party congress would be welcomed. The news website’s sources hinted that this congress should result in the replacement of Daniel Constantin.