Notwithstanding the harvest of the electoral slugfest on Friday, Trinamool Congress leaders in Murshidabad are keen to end the bad blood with the district Congress leadership.
While some leaders of the principal state opposition wants to accord Murshidabad district Congress president Adhir Chowdhury the respect that he commands as a prominent regional satrap, others aren't ready to forget Chowdhury's role as the potential spoiler to the Opposition's poll prospects. Such was refrain in the district Trinamool leadership in the run-up to the poll results.
"There are no permanent enemies in politics. We often have to bury petty issues in the larger political interest. Hence, I am not in favour of continuing with the pre-poll bitterness after the results are out," said Subrata Saha, district Trinamool president and party nominee from the Sagardighi assembly seat.
He said, "The district Congress fielded Independents in all four seats we contested. While there remains the possibility of the Left deriving the benefits of the same, we are fairly confident of a win. However, we campaigned for the Congress in all the 18 seats they contested against the Left.
Saha, a Congress nominee from the Jalangi constituency in the 2006 Assembly elections, said, "We have no problem in being in good terms with the Independents. But as our leader Mamata Banerjee has already declared, we would not seek their support to form the government and would only rely on the support of winning Congress nominees in Murshidabad. People have voted for change."
Niyamat Sheikh, Trinamool nominee from Hariharpara and a former aide of the Behrampore Congress, said, "Although I bear no grudge against the party, I feel that the reason why he (Adhir) fielded Independents against Trinamool nominees in Murshidabad, was because I was also in the poll fray. My candidature would not have gone down too well with him. While there is little scope of any improvement in our personal equations, we hope to make up our differences in the interest of our political future."
Sagir Hossain, Trinamool nominee from Bhagabangola, however sought to put a positive spin on the likely equations between the allies in the district after the results.
"The ties between Congress and Trinamool would surely improve here if we win. But I don't know if I can say the same on my personal terms with Adhir Chowdhury hereafter. Not at least, he remains a CPI(M) agent here. If Trinamool fares well, I would surely distribute sweets among the grassroot workers of the Congress, but none of it would arrive at the door of any Congress leader (Chowdhury)," said Hossain.
Once close to the Behrampore MP, Saha said, "The district Congress was slowly becoming a one man show. Hence, I had to quit and join Trinamool. The bad blood notwithstanding, the district would not be deprived of development if we come to power."