Kolkata: The Congress is facing a serious crisis of survival in West Bengal. It seems a floodgate has opened with Congress leaders and supporters making their way into the Trinamool Congress in hordes.
Two sitting Congress MLAs— Shankar Singh and Arindam Bhattacharjee on Wednesday joined Trinamool Congress and said that this was high time for other Congress leaders too to quit the party and stand beside Mamata Banerjee who was fighting hard to keep West Bengal united.
“Separatist forces are trying to spread venom in Bengal in the name of holding agitation in Darjeeling. Mamata Banerjee has said that she would thwart such moves even at the cost of her blood. I think this is high time for those who want to keep Bengal united to stand beside her and support her struggle,” Congress MLA Shankar Singh told a press conference organised to felicitate his joining to the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Trinamool Congress MP and Mamata’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee was present at the press conference held on Wednesday. State Congress president and parry MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, however, said that the MLAs had quit the Congress and joined Trinamool Congress just to serve their vested interests. ” I had campaigned for Singh. He won the elections as a Congress nominee supported by the CPIM and Left parties. For the past few months, Singh was not in touch with our party. He was not also receiving my phone calls. He has left the Congress just to satisfy his personal ambitions,” Chowdhury said after the two MLAs q ..
Meanwhile, political understanding between Congress and CPIM is still on and both the parties on Wednesday announced to boycott the all – party meeting called by the state government on Thursday to discuss the current unrest in Darjeeling. Both the parties have said that there was no point holding such a meeting in absence of the chief minister.