Join BJP if you want, don’t backstab later: Mamata

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2015 00:00 IST

A day after her minister and Matua leader Manjul Krishna Thakur joined BJP, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee feared sabotage from a section of leaders before the crucial Kolkata Municipal Corporation and assembly polls.

Banerjee’s primary concern was to keep her flock together in the face of a possible split orchestrated by BJP.

In a closed door meeting, she urged party leaders to quickly leave if they wanted to join BJP, but not ‘to stab from the back’.

“She clearly stated that if anyone wants to leave the party and join BJP they are welcome to do so. But she would not tolerate anyone to stay in the party and harm it. Our party chief fears that a section of leaders may sabotage the party before the crucial assembly polls next year,” said a senior TMC leader present at the meeting.

The row over a party split comes at a time when the party is feeling the pressure of the Saradha scam. In the meeting, Mamata also stood by Mukul Roy, saying that if CBI arrested him, lakhs of Mukul Roys would hit the streets. She stated that BJP is trying to harm the party by letting loose CBI on its senior leaders, but their dreams will remain unfilled.

Banerjee asked all her leaders to take the BJP head on, highlighting the fact that the saffron party had no base in Bengal.

She also asked all leaders of municipalities and Kolkata to nominate candidates with clean backgrounds and preferably from within the party.

She also made it clear that BJP was the prime opposition and political campaigns should be directed to attacking the saffron party.

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