Those in touch with BJP, CPI(M) are free to leave party: Mamata
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday warned party leaders involved in infighting of stern action and at one breath said those who are getting in touch with CPI(M) and BJP are free to leave the party.
She was addressing the party leaders in the core committee meeting held at her residence on Friday afternoon. The next meeting of the core committee will be held on October 22. The district presidents have been asked to hold meetings every fortnight and send reports to the state committee.
Banerjee said she is not going to tolerate infighting. She pulled up Tapan Dasgupta, state Agriculture Marketing minister and said if he fails to "work seriously for the people of his area" he will be dropped from the ministry.
Meanwhile, Prabir Ghosal and Ashima Patra, Minister of State for Land and Land Reforms were made working presidents of Hooghly.
She also pulled up veteran party leaders Govinda Naskar, Jayanta Naskar and Saukat Ali Mullick of South 24 Parganas and asked them to stop infighting. She cautioned Ali that he will be expelled from the party if he continues to indulge in fighting amongst each other.
She said that she asked the party leaders to work wholeheartedly for the people and maintain party discipline. "The leaders who are getting in touch with BJP and CPI(M) are free to leave the party. One has to decide whether he or she wants to continue with Trinamool Congress or go elsewhere."
There is a news circulating in political circle in Bengal for quite some time that party MP Mukul Roy is having a bonhomie with BJP. Roy attended the meeting and political experts said that without naming him, she had actually cautioned Roy.
Party insiders said that she has asked the party leaders to gear up for the Panchayat election scheduled to be held next year and so steps are being taken to plug infighting. She listened to the district presidents and asked them to build contacts with people. "Don't sit idle and go to the people and listen to their grievances. Trinamool Congress is for the people, of the people and by the people. So, work for the people."
The meeting started with condoling the death of Sultan Ahmed, party MP who died of a massive heart attack in the city on September 4. Meanwhile, Madan Mitra attended Friday's meeting.