Kolkata: The workers of the Congress party, to everyone’s disbelief, are unaware
about the meaning of Rafael or Rafael deal. As a result, the West Bengal Congress
leaders are finding it difficult to explain to the workers party president Rahul
Gandhi’s stand on the Rafael deal signed by the BJP government.
Following in the footsteps of Gandhi, the Congress Pradesh leaders are finding it
difficult to begin the anti-Rafael protest in West Bengal. The Congress leadership
is thinking before before taking any step on the issue.
Rahul Gandhi has been lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ‘Rafael
deal’ and wants to use this issue before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Following instructions by AICC, the Congress leaders are starting this protest in
West Bengal from Friday. However, there are differences in opinions over this
According to a Pradesh Congress leader, it is doubtful that how much the protest
which Rahul Gandhi wants will be successful as maximum leaders-workers are not
acquainted with the matter. He also said that despite this, success must be
achieved before the Lok Sabha elections. But ignorance of workers, loose planning
and no team-coordination might hinder the success.
Three Congress leaders Asit Mitra, Milton Rashik and Shankar Malakar has been given
the responsibility to outline the planning in West Bengal to oppose the Centre over
their purchase of Rafael war flights. MLA Asit Mitra will look after the planning
of Kolkata and South Bengal. Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and Birbhum comes under MLA
Milton Rashid. The entire North Bengal has been given to Shankar Malakar.
South Kolkata’s Congress party arranged a protest march on Rafael issue at Park
Street. Then they submitted a memorandum to the DC South’s office. District
president Pradip Prasad, MLA Asit Mitra and AICC leader Sarad Raut took part in the
rally. A memorandum was submitted under the leadership of Shankar Malakar.
Preparations for protest by Congress are also underway at Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia
and Birbhum under the leadership of Milton Rashid. Rashid said that, “Neither the
common people, nor the party leaders or workers understand what is Rafael. The
issue is not clear to them. So before protesting, all of us will have to understand
it first. But we will only be able to make the common people understand.”
AICC leader Mohammad Javed said that all the branches is all the districts will
convene a meeting at the four districts. After that, everyone will go for protests.
He added that they will not submit any memorandum but will mail the president
Congress leader Soumen Mitra clearly said that though BJP is their main opponent,
but they will not allow the Trinamool in the state. The Pradesh Congress also
question chief minister Mamata Banerjee for remaining mum on the issue. Mitra also
raised questions as whether Mamata remained silent due to her close relation with
Reporting By: Debjani Sarkar
Edited By: Saheli Dey