Kolkata: West Bengal Pradesh congress president Somen Mitra has been admitted to a city hospital with chest infection on Monday.
Family sources said, Somen Mitra had been suffering from cold and cough and was admitted to a south kolkata hospital on Sunday midnight after his health deteriorate.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi told Mitra and Gaurav Gogoi the AICC leader observer for Bengal to “prepare to fight on our own,” sources said. Mitra who held a 15-minute parley with the Congress president briefing him about the ground realities in the State said “we have been asked to strengthen our party organisation in the State and prepare the party to fight on our own in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.”
When asked as to whether the national Congress leadership would attend the Trinamool Congress-sponsored grand Opposition rally at the historic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, Mitra said “we have only reported the ground realty to the leadership. As a regional leader I could not have given any advice to the national leadership on this count. I only told him (Gandhi) that the ground situation in Bengal is such that the grassroots workers do not want the Congress to join the rally.
“At the ground level the workers are fighting the Trinamool’s misrule and falling victims to their attacks every day. So they will be hurt and the party will suffer immensely if they see our leaders with those who are responsible for destroying the Congress in Bengal. Now it is their decision and we cannot interfere with that.”