In a desperate bid to prevent its MLAs from joining the Trinamool Congress, WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury has taken an undertaking from them that they would not leave the party nor say anything against it.
This is for the first time when such an incident has taken place in the 131 years history of the party.
Forty-four party MLAs, who had assembled at Bidhan Bhavan, had to give an undertaking on stamp papers worth Rs 100 declaring that they would not desert the party nor say anything against it.
The apprehension of Chowdhury is not without basis. There was information that if Manas Bhuniya was not made the leader of Opposition, he might join the Trinamool Congress. Abdul Mannan and Abu Hena who are veteran Congress leaders are well adept with Parliamentary proceedings are contenders to the post. Chowdhury is yet to select a leader who would head the Congress Legislative party.
These three leaders were not in speaking terms with Chowdhury before formation of the alliance.
Adhir’s favourite man is Manoj Chakraborty who also hails from Murshidabad but he does not enough following among the MLAs. Under this backdrop, Chowdhury thought that such a move would keep the party intact.
Chowdhury said that he would join the sit-in demonstration organised by the CPI(M) at Esplanade on May 26 and 27. “When the state is burning because of post poll violence, such celebrations by the Trinamool Congress should be resisted.” Chowdhury said the alliance with the CPI(M) was intact as “it is an alliance of people”.
However, Left Front chairman Biman Bose has categorically said there was no alliance with Congress.
“If there is an alliance then who is the convener?” he asked. The CPI(M) central committee also has not said anything in this matter.
Out of sheer panic, Chowdhury and Suryakanta Misra, CPI(M) state secretary, had met the Governor on Monday at the Raj Bhavan and sought his intervention to stop violence. However, though the leaders have termed the tie up as “people’s alliance” the rank and file of both the parties differed with the leaders.
Chowdhury dodged the question when asked whether he believed that there was 100 per cent vote transfer of the Congress for the CPI(M) and vice versa. “We have not analysed yet but people have supported our move,” he maintained.