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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Six Member District Core Committee for Trinamul, Sabitri Mitra’s Wings Clipped


MALDA, 8 JULY: Though there is a full-fledged district president of Trinamul Congress in Malda, the state leadership of the ruling party has recently formed a six member committee right before the 21 July programme celebration and the committee would finalise decision about panchayet election in Malda. This is being construed as the clipping of wings of state women development and social welfare minister Sabitri Mitra who is also the district Trinamul president.

This may be mentioned that Mitra joined Trinamul in July, 2010 at the behest of Dulal Sarkar, former district Trinamul president and vice chairman of English Bazaar Municipality. Over the time the relationship between Mitra and Sarkar turned bitter and the followers of the two leaders started conflicting at the rural areas of the district. Factional fights of Trinamul became bare in the district which didn’t escape the notice of the party’s central leadership.


Eventually, a committee comprising six members was formed in Kolkata in presence of the district leaders of the party. Minister’s arch rival in the party Sarkar, former district president Goutam Chakraborty, district vice president Arun Tarafdar, vice chairperson of state women’s commission and late Ghani Khan’s niece Shehnaz Quadery and Masidur Rahaman have been accommodated in the committee along with Mitra.

It has been learnt from Trinamul sources that except Mitra and Rahaman all three members are quite close to Sarkar. “The indication is clear.  Mitra’s political authorities have been restrained by the leadership.Sarkar and his followers have been allotted more power,” said a Trinamul Youth Congress leader on condition of anonymity.

This may be mentioned that previously child development department was snatched away from  Mitra before which was a most important department. It is being believed by the political observers that now the party leaders are putting rein to Mitra’s power politically also.

However, Mitra has her own interpretation, “The committee is not a separate one to conduct the panchayet election on behalf of the party. We, the district leaders, sat together in Kolkata and resolved some problems.” “To organize different party programmes a committee has been formed. Sarkar and Chakraborty have been accommodated as former district presidents and I myself recommended Tarafdar,” she added.

Sarkar said, “The committee was formed in presence of the party supremo Mamata Banerjee and the all India leader of the party Mukul Roy. Our objective is to organize our workers to successfully hold the martyrs’ day on 21 July and then to sit for the preparation of panchayet election.”

The committee today held a meeting of the party workers in Malda town hall today.

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