All united for Luca Bernardo mayor of Milan: apparently the Center-right is compacted on the challenger of Giuseppe Sala who collects the support of all the party leaders. But the tension within the coalition is skyrocketing, so much so that this morning at the presentation – held at the Palazzo delle Stelline – of the pediatrician’s election campaign, the leader of Fratelli d’Italia Giorgia Meloni, although expected and announced, did not show up. . The friction with Lega and Forza Italia would lie in the failure to appoint Rai, from which Meloni’s party would have been excluded. The certainty that the reason for the clash were the Rai appointments is given by Daniela Santanché from the stage, with a jab to the allies: “For us, as Giorgia Meloni always says, the coalition is only important that sometimes I do not see that it is important for everyone “. On the sidelines Santanché then increases the dose: when asked by journalists about the absence of the leader, the senator replied with a cold “ask yourself questions and give yourselves some answers. We have always believed, and Giorgia Meloni was the center-right leader who most believed in the alliance. We believe that alone you never win, a team wins. But we don’t always see a reciprocity of attitudes and we are sorry about this ». But in Milan FdI also inspires fear for some polls published in recent days, which would give the party – which for the administrative leaders has candidate Vittorio Feltri, displacing Lega and Forza Italia – on a par with the League: between 12 and 16 percent while Salvini’s party would be between 14 and 18 percent. The absence of Meloni also displeased the candidate Luca Bernardo “from a personal point of view”, who said he was aware that “she is very busy. We feel with Meloni – Bernardo specified – and I know that she is very close to me and this is the best thing ».
From today the election campaign of the pediatrician of the Fatebenefratelli officially kicks off, who will challenge Sala in October. The slogan chosen is “We take care of Milan” and its logo is a Duomo colored with brushstrokes. For Silvio Berlusconi – who spoke at the presentation with a phone call – “the center-right is called to a great test in the Italian city closest to Europe, we will be able to demonstrate that we are a European center-right: a center-right of government, capable of looking and speaking to the ‘Europe’ because ‘Europe will increasingly be our point of reference, we know its limits and shortcomings but in the pandemic it has shown that it is capable of being in solidarity and truly a community of peoples’. With this in mind, “Milan will be the showcase of the center-right that is a candidate to govern the country, when the word will return to the citizens and politics will return to democratic normality after the emergency phase during which the Draghi government was born”. For Maurizio Lupi, of Us with Italy, “the Milanese challenge is important and we will win it all together, as a center-right breakfast – which all the polls give out – led by Luca Bernardo who will be able to give his added value as a candidate”: the choice of a civic candidate, explained Lupi, who was also one of the names in the running for the role of Sala’s challenger, “is not the defeat of politics, on the contrary, it is a way to return to dialogue with parts of society that are been forgotten: let’s think of the suburbs and the city that can no longer be the same after Covid, the degraded suburbs and the cycle paths ».
Matteo Salvini is also certain of winning and reiterates that Bernardo is «a person with authority, great competence and proven concreteness. He is a person used to teamwork and the management of complex structures, a man with great listening skills and great social sensitivity ». Exactly what, for the leader of the League, «is needed in Milan: not for a mayor attentive only to the living rooms or to the image of the historic center. Milan – added Salvini – has great problems that cannot be solved by improvising, the city must return to its natural vocation as an attractive city, the first for income and also for the ability to look to the future and always transform itself ». The leader of the Carroccio then spoke about the League list: if until last week the idea was to form it with half the candidates of civil society, Salvini today announced that “it will be open for the first time for two thirds to civil society “. The name of the leaders is still unknown, even if the name that runs most strongly is that of the MEP Silvia Sardone. Salvini himself, on the other hand, a week ago announced that he would not be the leaders.
As regards the program with which Luca Bernardo presents himself, the same candidate explained that “we have already started with the team with the program, we will soon present it”. Certainly, one of the strong points will be that of safety: «Safety represents many priorities: the safety of employment, of the weakest, for the woman who goes out in the evening, above all that safety on the cycle paths. You can’t do freehand drawn cycle paths, you need organization ». On the cycle paths, on the other hand, there already seems to be a first step backwards: “I never said that they will be canceled”, explained Bernardo, “but that they will have to be rethought”. Finally, the question of deputy mayor remains open. Matteo Salvini announced that today he will call Gabriele Albertini – who for weeks was among the favorites to fill the role – while the pediatrician specified that the choice «must be made by parties. We are lucky enough to be very solid ».