“But what is Conte playing at?” This is the question asked by an important source inside the M5s when talking about the vote in the cities scheduled in a month. On the eve of the first electoral round with Giuseppe Conte as leader, the Movement is traversed by underground tensions. Those who have always managed operations in the territories do not trust the new Contian leaders, the parliamentarians who act as a link between the center and the periphery do not know how to explain the withdrawal from the polls. Even some big names manifest, privately, doubts and perplexities. As anticipated by the newspaper on 10 August, the former prime minister’s strategy is based on flight. In too many municipalities, large and small, voters will not find the grillino symbol on the ballot. And where there is no agreement with the Democratic Party, the race will be little more than a testimony. We then arrive in Rome, one of the most important challenges of 3 and 4 October. Although the tension between the two is high and relations to a minimum, in the morning Conte shows up in San Basilio, a Roman suburb, to present the lists of the M5s together with Virginia Raggi. From one of the most difficult areas of the city, Raggi claims: “I’m here because they call me the mayor of the suburbs.” The blow to the challenger of the Pd Roberto Gualtieri is well dealt: “When he was minister he did not give a euro to the capital”. Conte, pressured by rumors of under-the-table agreements with Gualtieri, skates. “I have an excellent personal relationship with Roberto, he was my Minister of Economy, we worked very well together, the fact remains that Virginia must be supported at the moment,” says the president of the M5s.
The rumors are running. There is also disappointment for the failure to run to the Primavalle boarding school, which at first seemed to be the prerogative of Conte. From the territories to the Parliament, many are becoming convinced that the new president is sabotaging the movement’s game. “If we flop, he doesn’t mind, on the contrary,” says a member of parliament. A strategy only apparently devoted to self-destruction. Because, still explain sources of the M5s, “after a débâcle at the municipal councils he could get some of his people out to say that the defeat was the fault of the fact that we are in government with Draghi”. Alessandro Di Battista could come to support him from the outside, anxious to get back on the field. Even the former premier is described as impatient to return to Palazzo Chigi, perhaps at the helm of a federation with the Democratic Party. Therefore Conte is betting on the victory of the center-left in the cities. The lawyer’s hope is that an important result at the municipal councils will push Enrico Letta to the polls in 2022 and away from Draghi. While internally the aim is the process of the “governist” line. In what would be a criticism of the pro-government positions of the Guarantor Beppe Grillo, with whom the showdown has only been postponed. The meeting requested by the pentastellato leader from the Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani falls within this perspective. Grillo had sponsored him, Conte wants to hit him.