West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has reportedly asked party leaders to refrain from criticising the Congress, Indian Express report said. The comments have come days after she met Congress president Sonia Gandhi for presidential polls.
“She asked party members to maintain silence on Congress as it has no presence in Bengal. She said that she will handle Congress and directed us to focus on the BJP and CPM and criticise them,” said a senior Trinamool leader was quoted as saying by the paper on conditions of anonymity.
Mamata Banerjee had said this during the meeting of the core committee of Trinamool Congress, attended by TMC MLAs, MPS, chairman of all municipalities and presidents of zilla parishads. The speculation is on that with Mamta Banerjee going soft on Congress, both parties may come together for Opposition unity against the BJP.
West Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, reacting to Mamata Banerjee’s comments was quoted as saying by Indian Express, “She is a mercurial leader. What she says about us is not important to me. I have to abide by what my party says. My party asked me to strengthen the organisation in Bengal through membership drives. We do not need help from her to run our party. We will run the organisation by our own strength.”
He has reportedly written a letter to the party president recently, urging her to keep the condition of the party’s Bengal unit in mind before discussing anything with the Trinamool Congress.
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Apart from this, the Congress had contested the 2016 state Assembly polls, in “understanding” with left parties. If both parties come together, this would be a serious setback for the West Bengal unit of Congress and dent their understanding with the Left.