District TMC leaders in damage control mode

  • Bibhas Bhattacharyya, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2015 12:32 IST

The Trinamool Congress leaders in the districts have started organising meetings to nip in the bud any possibility of a spilt in the party. With the chances of former Trinamool number 2 Mukul Roy forming a new party increasing, the leaders are doing all they can to prevent the workers from joining Roy’s new outfit.

“In my districts, I have told all the leaders that only Mamata Banerjee is our leader and the change in power in the state has been possible because of her. I have asked all block level leaders to organise meetings in their areas to spread the message that we are with the Trinamool Congress and will be with the party led by Mamata Banerjee,” said Tapan Dasgupta, the Hooghly district Trinamool Congress president.

Interestingly, Trinamool’s Birbum district president Anubrata Mondal, who was once considered a loyalist of Roy, has already changed his stance in the wake of recent developments. On Thursday, Mondal clearly said that the Trinamool workers in his district only consider Mamata as their leader. “It is clear to all that Mamata is our only leader,” said Mondal.

On March 7, Humayun Kabir, a rebel Trinamool leader from Murshidabad, who has been suspended in the recent past from his party, said that Roy is going to form a new outfit and he (Kabir) is going to be the chief of this new party. Prior to this, while meeting her MPs in Delhi, Mamata did not ask Roy to join. Also, apart from removing him from all posts in the party, Roy was relegated to being just another Rajya Sabha MP.

After the rift between Roy and Mamata widened, Roy started criticising the government on different issues such as the development of the minority community, industrialisation and so on. Sources said that at a meeting in his office, Roy asked his loyalists to make a list of his followers. Political observers believe Roy took this step because he is about to float a new outfit.

Not only in south Bengal, the leaders of North Bengal have also started holding meetings in their districts in order to prevent a split. In Malda, district president Moazzem Hossain met Trinamool workers to gauge the situation. “When I started talking to the workers, it did not appear to me that they can leave Trinamool Congress just like that. They were with Mamata Banerjee and will be with her. I can assure you that none from Malda Trinamool is leaving. On the contrary, many from Congress are joining Trinamool Congress.

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