Trinamool MP, MLA on war with Mamata
New cracks in the Trinamool Congress camp came to the fore with Sikha Mitra, Trinamool Congress MLA and wife of Diamond Harbour MP Somen Mitra regretting her decision to persuade her husband to join Mamata Banerjee’s party.kolkata Updated: Jul 02, 2012 19:28 IST
New cracks in the Trinamool Congress camp came to the fore with Sikha Mitra, Trinamool Congress MLA and wife of Diamond Harbour MP Somen Mitra regretting her decision to persuade her husband to join Mamata Banerjee’s party.
“I brought Somen Mitra close to Mamata Banerjee. He was not keen. Now I regret the decision. Whoever ascends the throne becomes an oppressor,” Sikha Mitra told HT on Monday, a day after she went to the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters on the birth anniversary of late Bengal chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy.
Sikha Mitra is believed to be expressing the sentiments of her husband Somen (69), who was a veteran Congress leader of Bengal, popularly known as chorda (meaning youngest dada). Mitra is a core committee member of the Trinamool Congress, but was suspected to have fallen out with party chief Mamata Banerjee off late.
The visit of the duo to Congress headquarters was read as a result of that frayed relations. The Mitra couple was among the top of list of discontented leaders, but they never spoke out earlier.
Trinamool Congress leaders criticized the duo and the party is believed to be gearing up for issuing a show cause notice to Sikha Mitra for taking a dig at the chief minister for constantly repeating the state’s financial plight and not ‘performing’.
Speaking to this correspondent a day after she sounded a tad more defiant. “Somen Mitra was not keen. I persuaded him. Then I brought Mamata Banerjee and him together. Thereafter we were there with Mamata Banerjee. Now I regret the decision. Power corrupts people. The party and its leader has changed,” said Sikha Mitra.
Somen Mitra himself remained silent refusing to take calls.
Sikha Mitra alleged after becoming the MLA from Chowringhee in 2011 it was party infighting, which stalled all development initiatives. She was frustrated at every step.
“I saw my party leaders disturbing me instead of helping me. Many of them started corrupt practices. There is a lot of infighting and lobby politics in my party. I tried to tell her (Mamata Banerjee), but she did not listen. Some months back I wrote her a letter, to which I got no answer,” said Mitra.
She alleged she brought everything to Mamata’s notice but there were no improvements. “I am uncomfortable in a party where I have to hold someone’s feet every time. If one wants to be a leader one should have a big heart. Bidhan Chandra Roy, or Prafulla Chandra Sen all had big hearts,” Mitra added.
Mitra also alleged many leaders in the party are frustrated but cannot openly speak about it.
“How did Trinamool Congress lose Haldia in civic polls held in June? It was a conspiracy,” said Mitra.
She also lambasted senior Trinamool Congress leaders who targeted her recently. “They are stooges. I do not wan’t to answer them. They are using foul language against me. Most of them are thieves who are siphoning money. I am waiting for her (Mamata Banerjee) to speak. Then I will give her my reply,” she said.
When asked regarding her next move she said that both she and Somen Mitra are closely watching the situation and will take a decision soon.
“If they want to show cause me, let them. I will give befitting reply,” Mitra added.
However, on the Presidential contest, Mitra said she would not defy the party line, though she thinks Pranab Mukherjee is the fittest candidate.
First Published: Jul 01, 2012 20:53 IST