Mamata seeks explanation on failure to retain seats
Trinamool Congress has lost three important seats — Tamluk, Panskura East and Haldia in East Midnapore — which were party’s stronghold. Adhikari had fought from Nandigram and was elected by a huge margin. Similarly, explanations were sought from the leaders of Darjeeling for losing the Siliguri seat.
In Malda, the party has failed to open an account and lost two ministers Sabitri Mitra and Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury. The party has also lost the Sujapur seat from where Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury had contested the election. Mitra was elected in 2011 from Manickchowk seat. She was the minister for women and child development.
Mitra, a veteran Congress leader, used to be elected from Araidanga. Chowdhury, who joined the TMC from the Congress, was the minister for food processing and horticulture.
It was learnt that the cow smugglers had played a major role in defeating TMC candidates. Banerjee has initiated an inquiry to find out the reasons that led to the poll debacle in the district.
She has also pulled up the leaders of Nadia for the defeat of Ajay Dey. Dey, a veteran Congress leader, had joined the TMC and had carried out development work in the area. It was reliably learnt that infighting was the main reason behind his defeat.
Banerjee had expressed her displeasure over the defeat of Manish Gupta and Chandrima Bhattacharya from Jadavpur and Dum Dum north seats. In Jadavpur also there was infighting and some workers distanced themselves from the party. She assured that the party would utilise Gupta and Bhattacharya.
Despite tremendous success, eight ministers of the party — Manish Gupta, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Madan Mitra, Upen Biswas, Sabitri Mitra, Krishnendu Chowdhury, Shyamapada Mukherjee and Shankar Chakraborty — have lost their seats.
Banerjee on Friday cautioned against infighting and urged all the MLAs to prepare plans for their respective areas. “We have got the blessings of people because of development and we should take a pledge to work more for the people.”