Kiss Cong, kick Left & Right, Didi tells cadre
Fresh from Delhi where she held talks with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Presidential elections, Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday instructed her party leaders to hold fire against the Congress and target the Left and the BJP instead.
Issuing directives to a packed house of TMC leaders, who were present and listening without questioning the reason behind the abrupt U-turn or how the leaders would explain the sudden shift to the grassroots, Mamata bluntly told the party core committee meeting not to issue any adverse statement against the Congress.
“From now on no one will make adverse comments against the Congress.” she said. “If needed I will handle a situation but it is a clear cut instruction to all the leaders to refrain from using any hostile comment against the Congress or its leaders."
The CM, however, afforded the TMC leaders potent alternatives to exhaust their ammunition even as she told them to raise their decibel level against the CPI(M) and the BJP.
“Concentrate on the CPI(M) and the BJP and expose their dirty politics of joining hands on the sly while attacking each other in public,” she said adding how the BJP-led Government was harassing a pro-people party like hers.
Referring to the bail given by Orissa High Court to Sudip Banerjee, the Chief Minister said, “Sudip da’s bail is a cause of relief. We are happy. He has suffered so much for no fault of his. He is unwell and we will ask him to take rest when he comes to Kolkata.”
Banerjee’s sudden change of track vis a vis the Congress against which the Trinamool had gone all guns blazing in the recent past was the result of a ‘fruitful meeting’ between her and Sonia Gandhi in Delhi where the duo discussed ‘among other issues’ a consensus Opposition candidate for Presidential elections, insiders said.
Moments later she was seen exchanging pleasantries with senior Pradesh Congress leader Abdul Mannan one of the whistle blowers and a petitioner for CBI investigation in the Sharada chit fund case —that tended to pull the veneer off her senior colleagues’ virtuous countenance — inside the Assembly House where she enquired after his health after quite a few years.
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