Kolkata: Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee sent out a message to party detractors, days ahead of former Trinamool MP Mukul Roy’s expected move to join BJP.
“Those who think they can’t fit in are free to leave the party. Our doors are open. I have the capacity to groom leaders,” Banerjee said, asking factional leaders Krishnendu Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra of Malda to bury the hatchet and undertake a united programme at the grassroots. She also asked minister Suvendu Adhikari and Sisir Adhikari to involve others in such programmes.
However, Banerjee made a attack “Don’t think I have no clue about what is happening at Khatra in Bankura or Bandwan in Purulia. Information reaches me much faster than it reaches you,” she said, addressing party leader Arup Chakrabarty from Bankura.
The Khatra reference appears significant since it is suspected that party detractors there had helped BJP win the LAMPS elections, routing Trinamool.
The CM also advised party leaders to choose candidates to fend off poaching bids. “Vultures are on the prowl. Take care while choosing candidates because the disgruntled might join the other camp,” she said, days after Roy announced that he had contacts in all 77,000 booths in the state.
Banerjee also urged party leaders to involve all in the election process. “In Trinamool Congress, workers are our assets, not leaders. A true leader always involves other people,” she said. After announcing that she wouldn’t be talking about panchayat polls because the elections are due in May-June, Banerjee spoke at length about booth-level organisation and the voters’ list. In a bid to firm up grassroots-level activities. She rolled out a month-long block-level party programme beginning November 8, the first anniversary of demonetisation.
“I would ask all block presidents to organise a black day in each block from 2-3pm. I value the block presidents because they are the backbone of the party organization. Set up the booths, organize local rallies twice a week, examine the panchayat voters’ list and listen to what people say. The mass contact programme will continue up to December 15,” she said, setting the anti-BJP tone for the political campaign.