MP’s exit unnerves Trinamool leadership

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2015 12:06 IST

If Srinjoy Bose being granted bail was a cause for tension for the Trinamool Congress leadership on Wednesday, his resignation from the ruling party and from the post of Rajya Sabha member seems to have totally unnerved the Trinamool’s top leaders on Thursday.

Right now, two major factors are worrying the party leadership. The first is the conviction among the party leaders that Srinjoy’s resignation is yet another success for the BJP and will help the saffron party create fissures within the Trinamool after the problems caused by the party general secretary, Mukul Roy. The second stress factor is that Srinjoy’s resignation has deprived the party of its media base, a Bengali daily, owned by the Bose family. It is unlikely that the daily will shower praises on the Trinamool, the Bengal government and chief minister Mamata Banerjee any further.

“Srinjoy’s being granted bail by the Calcutta High Court could have been a weapon for us as it was a chance for us to highlight our official stand that the CBI was politically motivated in acting against the Trinamool and arresting its leaders in connection with the Saradha scam without any definitive proof. But neither the chief minister nor any top leader reacted to his bail on Wednesday, which proves that the inner faith within the party leadership is at its lowest level,” a member of the state cabinet said.

He said that the top party leadership now apprehends what Srinjoy has already revealed to the CBI and what more he will reveal in future. “Surely he (Srinjoy) and his family members made some compromise to ensure his release on bail. Now, it is to be seen how damaging that compromise is for the Trinamool,” he said.

The second concern, another cabinet member pointed out, was that barring two party organs — Jago Bangla and Ma Mati Manush — there is not a single newspaper left that would only speak good about the Trinamool and the state government.

“Not that media determines everything. But Srinjoy’s resignation is definitely an addition to the group of already hostile media houses,” he said.

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