Kolkata: While Congress President Rahul Gandhi has gone on record to extend support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her dharna against the CBI action on Kolkata police chief, the state unit of the party is going to hold a protest against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for its alleged involvement in the chit fund scams, said a report on Tuesday.
The Congress rally would be held on Wednesday, February 6. The party would be demanding that the investigation in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams be concluded fast. Their demands would also include a refund to the investors and arrest of the accused in the Narada scam.
The portal quoted state Congress president Somendra Nath Mitra as saying, “At the national level, our stand is to be with all the parties including Trinamool who are against the BJP. But in the state politics, state Congress will fight with both the TMC and the BJP.”
He claimed that the TMC forced 14 Congress MLAs and MP Mausam Noor to join the party. “How can you expect me to join hands with the TMC in Bengal?” he asked.
Noor had met the Chief Minister at the state secretariat on January 28 and joined her party.
This has again brought to the fore the difference in opinion of the state unit and the party high command. While Rahul and Sonia have met Banerjee and held talks, the state unit wants to go it alone.
Earlier in January, while Rahul had extended support to Banerjee’s mega Opposition rally, the West Bengal Congress had their fight against the TMC’s “misrule” would continue as the high command had not asked them to stop it.
“Our party president Rahul Gandhi has extended support to the anti-BJP platform. Our fight against the BJP and TMC in Bengal would continue. The party high command has not asked us to stop it,” Mitra had said.
Rahul had skipped the rally and Mallikarjun Kharge had represented the party instead. Reports had suggested then that the state unit advised Rahul against attending as Mamata had skipped the swearing-in ceremonies of Congress chief ministers in December.