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Mamata issues strict whip on party discipline

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, December 26, 2012
First Published: 10:30 IST(26/12/2012) | Last Updated: 10:32 IST(26/12/2012)

Concerned over continuing dissidence in the ranks, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has sought direct and timely reports from all district party units, so she should keep track of day-today party affairs in the grassroots and stem the rising tide of indiscipline in the lead-up to the crucial panchayat elections scheduled early next year.

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The chief minister has reportedly directed the district party leaders to send regular reports on the party’s campaign for the ensuing rural polls, developmental initiatives mobilised in the grassroots and timely complaints against anyone falling foul of the party whip on discipline.

During a recent meeting at her Kalighat residence with key party leaders from Burdwan and North and South 24-Parganas, the chief minister reportedly impressed on the leaders to send back regular reports on party affairs in their respective districts. This is apart from asking such top party functionaries as Mukul Roy and Partha Chatterjee to lead and oversee party affairs across the districts.

“Our leader Mamata Banerjee epitomises honesty and integrity and we don’t want any of our party leaders to dent the image by way of their words or action and hurt our chances in the panchayat elections. Hence, our party chief has sought regular reports from the districts,” a senior party leader close to the chief minister told HT.

Party sources said that the chief minister is upset over reports of inner party bickerings from across different districts in south Bengal. She has let it be known that the state party leadership won’t tolerate indiscipline across rank and file.

“District party leaders would have to send regular reports on the status of campaign for the panchayat polls. The leaders have also been directed to file regular updates on the status of development initiatives in their respective districts and reports on internal feuds if any,” a senior leader and a minister in Mamata cabinet told HT.

There have been several incidents of rival Trinamool factions falling out in Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan, Nadia and North and South 24-Parganas over the past six months.

Mamata has also been gathering reports from her own sources to verify certain reports from district party leaders. She has plans to sit with district leaders and mobilise steps against the dissident voices.


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