With its West Bengal unit up in arms against senior leader Kapil Sibal for representing the Mamata Banerjee government in the Supreme Court in the Saradha scam, the Congress on Wednesday asked the former Union minister to take note of the sentiments of party leaders from the state.
Upset with the developments, the party leadership has made its displeasure known to Sibal. “I fully endorse the views expressed by West Bengal Congress leaders,” said CP Joshi, general secretary incharge of the state.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala echoed the same sentiment.
“As a lawyer, he is free to take any case but as a senior leader, he should also keep in mind sentiments of West Bengal party leaders.”
The central leadership’s tough line followed angry reactions from West Bengal leaders, especially state president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
“Sibal is a known face of the Congress and a former Union minister. We can only request him not to do it,” he had said.
On Wednesday evening, Chowdhury appeared pleased. “We are happy that our position has been appreciated by the party leadership,” he said.
Sibal’s decision had also prompted famed painter Samir Aich to quit the party in protest.
“After we cried hoarse that Congress is taking on the muck, did the party’s leadership realise Sibal has to step back. Trinamool now has to find a new advocate. The party should abandon the legal fight and face CBI upfront,” remarked BJP state president Rahul Sinha.