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Local fights root of Cong-Trinamool hostility: Mausam

Congress MP from West Bengal Mausam Noor, who led a campaign opposing the proposed renaming of Kolkata's Indira Bhavan, said ties between the Trinamool Congress and Congress could crumble unless the top leadership of both parties set up urgent talks and intervene.

kolkata Updated: Jan 09, 2012 23:43 IST
Zia Haq

Congress MP from West Bengal Mausam Noor, who led a campaign opposing the proposed renaming of Kolkata's Indira Bhavan, said ties between the Trinamool Congress and Congress could crumble unless the top leadership of both parties set up urgent talks and intervene.

The 32-year-old said she had written to chief minister Mamata Banerjee seeking an appointment, but had not received a reply yet.

"The road ahead looks tough, unless the high commands of both parties sit across and sort out the differences. The Left is trying to take advantage of this," Noor told HT.

Escalating hostilities between the two allies have hobbled the Congress-led UPA government in Delhi, with Banerjee even daring the Congress to part ways.

On what could be going wrong, Noor said the hostilities have been building up since June, when the Congress started a statewide programme to give leadership skills to local elected Youth Congress leaders. This was part of a long-term plan to rejuvenate moribund local units.

The young MP said she believed the current bout of differences were more due to "local issues" rather than a reflection of the policy differences at the central government. "We are not in a territorial war and that message has to come from the higher-ups," she added.

She said the Trinamool's local workers had been reacting sharply to the state Congress' plan to revamp the party, under which experts from Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute were grooming elected youth leaders at rural block and booth levels.