Trinamool Congress has been playing opposition at the Centre, and now the Congress has followed suit in West Bengal.
After the Left and the BJP, the alliance partner has come out with a report card for the Mamata Banerjee government that reads more like a chargesheet. Given the list of grievances, the report will do no good to relationship between the allies, which has been rocky for some time.
To make matters worse, Congress leaders have threatened to hit the streets ahead of the panchayat polls — armed with this report. The two parties not only fought the recent civic polls separately, but are also gearing up to contest the panchayat polls separately."It is a critical evaluation of the new government of which we are a part," said Pradip Bhattacharya, state Congress president. "We have highlighted worrying factors. We will hit the streets with this report."
The booklet, titled 'West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee Report on the completion of one year of the TMC-Congress government' begins by drawing attention to the "double standards" of TMC. While the party (TMC) demands to be consulted on key issues at the Centre, it never consults the Congress in Bengal, the booklet said.
Trinamool has adopted ill practices of the erstwhile Left regime, the Congress alleged – "intolerance, arrogance, political violence, vendetta and inability to withstand criticism".
The economy is worrying as well, it said, citing facts and figures on how the Centre was trying to help out the state.
Flagging the deteriorating law and order, the booklet emphasised the recurrence of rape and violence.
The report also highlighted the politicisation of education, alleging that criminals and school dropouts were being made heads of schools, colleges and varsity management panels.