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Sadhan Pande dares Mamata to throw him out of the party

Sadhan Pande feels Mamata's ideas about industries were muddled and her actions amounted to obstructing industrialisation of Bengal, reports Arindam Sarkar.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2007 21:09 IST

After the meeting with Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim on Monday morning, rebel Trinamool Congress MLA Sadhan Pande dared Mamata Banerjee to throw him out of the party. Sadhan Pande also said Mamata's ideas about industries were muddled and her actions amounted to obstructing industrialisation of Bengal.

Suspended by Mamata from the party a month back, Sadhan Pande was booked by his party chief for going against the party line on industries and supporting the coming up of the Tata Motors at Singur. However, Sadhan Pande said that he is yet to receive the showcause notice issued prior to his suspension by the party's disciplinary committee.

"Though fighting for democracy in Bengal, Mamata is the most undemocratic in the party. She is unwilling to hear views not in tandem with her own ideas. A leader has to listen, but Mamata refuses to listen in the party meetings. Instead she speaks and loves to hear only her own voice," Sadhan Pande told HT.

Sadhan Pande argued that Bengal couldn't afford to lose out on industries because of Mamata. There is no harm for the Opposition, he said, to criticise the state government's industrial policy and the compensation package offered to the landowners and sharecroppers.

"But instead of focusing on the positive factor like compensation package Mamata refuses to budge from her position of having no industries on farmlands. Can she stop Singur or other projects in the state? Mamata doesn't realise that people do not like confrontationist politics and they want development of the state. Or else, Mamata's politics will never translate into votes," Sadhan Pande claimed.

Sadhan Pande divulged that many Trinamool MLAs were in touch with him but they feared opening their mouth in front of Mamata.

However, they all agreed that so far the land-related meetings in the party have yielded no positive results. "Because Mamata doesn't encourage debate or discussions. She takes arbitrary decisions about land issues," said a Trinamool MLA.

However, stubbing the rumours that he might cross the floor to go over to the Congress, Sadhan Pande said he was happy being independent and was too involved with the development activities in his Burtolla Assembly segment.

"My options are open. I am giving time to the party to rectify its mistakes and understand that confrontation won't help in the long run. I want Trinamool to realise that industry has to happen here and we must ensure that the displaced people are well compensated by the state government," said Sadhan Pande.

But what if Mamata throws Sadhan Pande out of the party? This is not possible, Sadha Pande says, because that would lead to Trinamool losing its status as the main Opposition party of Bengal in the Legislative Assembly.

"And if Mamata really throws me out of the party, I will realign the non-Left forces of Bengal to fight for the displaced lot – who will be the victim of industrial developments. But I am not joining the Congress," clarified Sadhan Pande.

First Published: Apr 09, 2007 21:03 IST