The Bengal Congress leadership on Saturday openly expressed its disapproval of any possible understanding between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for the upcoming Presidential election.
“Trinamool claims that it is fighting the BJP but in Bengal every possible scope for the BJP to spread its tentacles are being provided by the ruling party,” state PCC president and Behrampore MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote to the Congress president on Saturday.
Chowdhury’s two-page letter accused Trinamool Congress of attacking, intimidating and coercing Congress leaders and workers across the state. It also referred to the CBI investigations into the Rose Valley and Narada scams in which many Congress ministers, MPs and leaders are facing corruption charges.
The sudden move by the PCC leadership instantly became the talking point in political circles because Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to meet Sonia on Tuesday, reportedly to discuss a common strategy on the Presidential election.
“I understand that the chief minister shall be meeting you soon for discussion on the strategy regard to election to the office of the President of India. It is important to rope in support of all political parties to oppose a RSS-BJP nominee at the national lever. At the same time, it is necessary to emphasise our abiding commitment to democracy and transparency. Under your leadership and guidance, Congress workers shall continue to fight for democracy and secularism and oppose both TMC and BJP in the state,” Chowdhury wrote.
PCC sources said the decision to write the letter was backed by leaders such as state general secretary Omprakash Mishra, and Behrampore MLA, Manoj Chakraborty who have sharpened their campaign against Mamata Banerjee ever since Trinamool ministers and MPs faced CBI probe.
“False cases under stringent provisions of the Indian Penal Code are being routinely slapped against those who refuse to fall in line under the dictate of TMC in connivance with police and administration. MLAs have been forced to switch sides under threat of false murder cases registered against them,” Chowdhury wrote to Sonia Gandhi.
“The investigation in the various chit fund scams ordered by Calcutta High Court and upheld by Supreme Court has rattled the TMC and the party is facing a crisis,” he added.
This is not the first time that Chowdhury has written to Sonia Gandhi. On the eve of the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal, he advised the Congress president not to have any electoral alliance with Trinamool and spoke in favour of an understanding with the Left parties. Mamata Banerjee’s party, however, swept the elections.