Senior Congress leader Manas Bhunia lashed out at CPI(M) on Wednesday for not standing with the party on the National Herald issue in Parliament, but praised Mamata Banerjee for her support.
“We condemn the way the BJP is pursuing vendetta politics against the Congress and our leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. We are thankful to TMC and Mamata Banerjee for standing beside Congress in our fight against intolerance,” Bhunia told reporters.
Bhunia went one step further -- calling for Congress to run for the 2016 Assembly elections alone, without the CPI(M), a possibility widely speculated upon.
He went on to say, “We condemn the stance taken by the CPI-M of not supporting us by terming it as an issue of corruption. This is vendetta politics. We would like to appeal to Congress leaders in Bengal for not creating confusion by talking about alliance with any party. We should rather focus on fighting alone.”
However, Bhunia’s praise of the West Bengal chief minister did not find favour with state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, who described the TMC as a party of “opportunists”.
Opposing Bhunia’s stance, Chowdhury alleged, “TMC is a party of opportunists. They change colours according to their own political needs. They don’t have any principle.”
Banerjee had on Tuesday expressed solidarity with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying it makes her “sad” and “feel bad” that she was asked to appear in court in connection with the National Herald case.