Taking the cyber war against Trinamool Congress to another level, state Congress took a dig at chief minister Mamata Banerjee on social networking site Facebook for proposing Krishna Bose as her vice-presidential nominee.
“Mamata Banerjee is playing dirty and opportunistic politics to capitalise on the sentiments surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by proposing Krishna Bose’s name for the vice-president,” alleged the post in the official WBPCC Facebook webpage that appeared around 3pm on Monday, an hour before Congress took to the streets to protest against power tariff hike and submitted a deputation to the governor.
Krishna Bose, three-time MP, is the wife of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's nephew Sishir Bose. She won the 1996 Lok Sabha election on a Congress ticket and the 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha elections on Trinamool Congress ticket.
“After Bose lost the Lok Sabha elections in 2004, she did not find anymore favour with Banerjee. In the 2005 Rajya Sabha elections Banerjee proposed the name of Swapan Sadhan Bose mistaking him for Netaji’s relative. Krishna Bose was again ignored in 2006 and 2011, when Banerjee proposed Srinjoy Bose as her Rajya Sabha nominee,” read the post.
“Even as recent as in 2012, Banerjee sent four of her nominees to the Rajya Sabha but again ignored Bose. Suddenly, she remembers Bose for the vice-presidential elections after eight years. Banerjee did not think her fit even for nomination to the Rajya Sabha but is pushing her for the post of vicepresident of India,” the post continued.
Though the WBPCCs Facebook webpage is more than a year old, it has witnessed renewed activity after strains in ties with the ruling Trinamool Congress. Banerjee herself took refuge in Facebook finding it a more convenient way to put her ideas forward.
The Congress in the state has been very critical of Banerjee lately, lambasting the chief minister for its poor law and order record. It also took the government to task for repeated attacks on party workers by alleged Trinamool cadres.
The discord between the allies was highlighted since Banerjee refused to accept Pranab Mukherjee as the presidential candidate and announced her own candidate, APJ Abdul Kalam. Repeated requests for a moratorium waiver by the central government has fallen on deaf ears so far.