The contacts of the Popular Party and Junts per Catalunya last summer, prior to the investiture of Pedro Sánchez and the formal negotiation of the post-convergents with the PSOE, monopolize the political focus these days, when there is less than a week left for the autonomous elections in Galicia next Sunday, in which the popular party had attacked the independentists in the first days of the campaign and now it seems that the tables have turned. The attacks on the amnesty no longer dominate the headlines and the speculations about what the PP was willing to give to the independentists do. Despite this, JxCat is avoiding for now giving more details about the conversations it had with Alberto Núñez Feijóo's group.
"What we had to say about the meetings with the PP we have already said, and if we have to add something more, we will add it," Josep Rius, vice president and spokesperson for the party, simply responded at the press conference. this Monday after the party leadership meeting. That has been the response that the Junts spokesperson has returned to all the journalists who have asked him about this matter.
The PP leadership addressed this issue last Friday, just one day after Carles Puigdemont stated in a letter that he sent to all members of the European Parliament that "everything will be known" regarding the contacts there were with the popular , which all parties already admit despite the fact that there have been contradictory messages from the PP about them.
Junts sources suggest that there is a correlation between the PP's recognition that it studied the possibility of pardoning the former Catalan president and even the amnesty and the letter last Thursday, in which the factual leader of JxCat assured that if they had supported the PP or Sánchez would not have been invested in the investigations of the National Court, of magistrate Manuel García-Castellón, of the Tsunami Democràtic protests, and that of judge Joaquín Aguirre in court number 1 of Barcelona, on the alleged Russian plot of the process, now not They would be up and running and in the spotlight. "If we had invested Feijóo as president, all this would not happen," said Puigdemont, who spoke in those terms after the PP included his name in an amendment in the European Parliament and to the independence movement for contacts with the Russians in 2017.
Be that as it may, the post-convergents avoid assessing in public whether the PP's recognition of the conversations about pardons and amnesty responds to a strategy of damage control and a controlled blast after Puigdemont's letter, to control the story in case they transcend details of those contacts, or if it is a mistake.
In any case, Rius did want to make it clear once again that his party is not part of any bloc in Spanish politics, neither the Government nor the opposition, and has highlighted that they have "their own agenda in Madrid" and that negotiation based on their interests and not on the logic of blocs on which politics in Madrid has pivoted in recent years.
In another order of things, the Junts spokesperson revealed that this week they will meet with the Executive of Pere Aragonès to address the budget negotiation. In any case, Rius pointed out that at this point last year they had already met more times. In parallel, the Government negotiates with the socialists of Salvador Illa.