Even as Trinamool Congress supremo, Mamata Banerjee is crying foul and alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party has nibbled into her celebration, opposition leaders and political specialists stated it was the TMC which had began the apply of defection. They stated the historical past is simply repeating itself after a decade.
On Wednesday, Banerjee had alleged that the BJP was calling up veteran leaders of her celebration, together with the TMC’s state president, in a bid to interrupt the celebration. The BJP has refuted the fees.
“BJP called up Subrata Bakshi, TMC’s state president and a Rajya Sabha MP, and tried to fix a meeting. Anubrata Mondol (another TMC veteran) called me up from Birbhum district and said that he received a call from a BJP leader from Delhi who wanted to fix a meeting. Look at the audacity and the extent to which BJP can go. How dangerous? They don’t have the minimum courtesy,” stated Banerjee, whereas talking at a rally in Cooch Behar on Thursday.
This is, nonetheless, not the primary time that the TMC has accused the BJP of attempting to interrupt the celebration. The celebration chief had earlier alleged that the BJP was distributing cash and utilizing central companies to scare TMC leaders into becoming a member of the BJP. “Those who got scared switched sides,” she stated.
While former TMC leaders and legislators together with Mukul Roy, Saumitra Khan and Anupam Hazra had earlier switched sides and at the moment are with the BJP holding seniors posts, the most recent in the road was TMC MLA from Cooch Behar (south), Mihir Goswami. Former transport minister Suvendu Adhikari has additionally resigned and speculations are rife that he, together with a number of different TMC leaders, may be a part of the BJP quickly.
“A political party will not survive if it doesn’t have any policies and values. It can take birth but will not be able to sustain. The TMC came to power opposing the CPIM and the Congress and now except for abusing the Prime Minister and Union home minister and branding the BJP a communal party, they have no task. So the end of the TMC has started and no political leader will stay in that party. It is just a matter of time,” stated Mukul Roy, BJP’s nationwide vice chairman.
Opposition leaders have hit again saying that it was Banerjee and her celebration who first began the pattern of breaking different events utilizing drive and now she is being paid again in the identical coin.
“History has a nasty habit of repeating itself and Banerjee is being paid back in the same coin. Several Congress legislators in the party’s bastions in Murshidabad and Malda were forced to quit and were threatened of being implicated in false cases if they don’t join TMC. Those who did the job for the TMC at that time are now with the BJP and are doing the same thing with her,” stated Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chief of the Congress in Lok Sabha.
Several Congress leaders and legislators together with Manas Bhunia, Ajoy De, Saumitra Khan, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Humayun Kabir had abandoned the celebration since 2011 to hitch the TMC. Some have been given ministerial berths.
Similarly, legislators and leaders from varied Left events, together with Chhaya Dolai, Anantadeb Adhikary Dasarath Tirkey and Sunil Mandal, had joined the TMC over the previous 10 years.
“Many a time during the Left Front’s regime it happened that there was a neck-to-neck tie with the TMC which was then in the opposition. We, however, made no efforts to break into the TMC. It was Banerjee’s party which started this game after she came to power in 2011. Since then, multiple legislators from various Left parties have joined the TMC,” stated Sujan Chakraborty, chief of the Left events in the meeting.
While Khan abandoned the TMC to hitch the BJP in a while, Mandal, now a TMC MLA, has already expressed his disgruntlement and has threatened to resign.
“Those who are suffering from an existential crisis are making such baseless allegations. Mamata Banerjee has been working for the people and will continue to do so. There would not be any difference if one or two leaders switch sides,” stated Chandrima Bhattacharya, state minister and senior TMC chief.
The TMC had gained 184 seats out of the 294 meeting seats in the 2011 elections when it got here to energy overthrowing 34 years of Left Front regime. The seat depend elevated to 211 in 2016 elections.
Political specialists additionally stated that defection has by no means been the apply in West Bengal barring one in the 60’s. It was a apply which began after 2011.
“Defection was never the trend in Bengal politics. But the TMC government started this. Opposition leaders were roped in either by force or by luring them. Now, the TMC is at the receiving end,” stated Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, political commentator and former principal of Presidency College.