The absence of Pedro Sánchez at the Fallas festivities, despite the fact that he was in Sagunto yesterday during the presentation of the Volkswagen battery gigagactory, has not gone unnoticed. If yesterday (and also today) the PP candidate for Mayor of Valencia, María José Català, insisted that the Prime Minister did not come to the Fallas "because he is afraid of stepping on the streets of Valencia", today the Compromís candidate to the Presidency of the Generalitat, Joan Baldoví, has joined the criticism.
In his tour of the center of the cap i casal together with the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón (who has worn a Compromís blouse), Baldoví pointed out that he "would have liked the President of the Government, taking advantage of the fact that he was in Valencia, I would have had 20 minutes to be able to be at the mascletà as so many other politicians have done". "Being in Fallas is showing that you love the Fallas world and a city like Valencia," said the Compromís candidate.
The deputy of the Valencian coalition, as the PP also did yesterday, regretted the decision of Televisión Española not to broadcast, for the first time since 1965, the Cremà de la Falla del Ayuntamiento on its first channel. "I think that as is done with the Drag Queen gala in Las Palmas, the Valencians deserve that the broadcast is also done from La 1".
A criticism that the PP already made yesterday. Today, Catalá has indicated that "Valencians feel aggrieved by this decision, which is yet another example of the neglect, disdain and lack of consideration of Sánchez and the PSOE in general towards this land". For this reason, he explained that "the parliamentary group in Congress has presented a legislative initiative so that the retransmission of the Cremà returns to the first channel of TVE".
"The decision to broadcast it on the second channel instead of the first, as has always been done, is a new offense to this land, to one of the most important festivals nationwide, and we want to correct it," added number two of the PPCV.
Given the criticism of the absence of Sánchez (more significant after the landing of the PP with Feijóo, Almeida, Gamarra and Sémper), the PSPV responded that it was more striking that no one from the PP had attended the act of the gigafactory that the King presided over Felipe VI.
The truth is that the Fallas, and more so at the gates of the electoral campaign, are an ideal setting for politicians to be seen. This Friday, the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has been sharing an institutional act with Vice President Héctor Illueca, who has visited some monuments on the way to the mascletà.
As La Vanguardia explained, for the purple formation, Valencia and the Valencian Community are a key objective to resist and be able to face the challenge of the generals with guarantees. At the beginning of the week, the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, was also in Valencia supporting the Podem candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat Valenciana.