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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lack of Harmony in Dist TMC Visible even in Krishnendu Choudhury's Ministerial Celebration

Malda, November 21, 2012:  If jubilation among the followers of Krishnendu Choudhury over his ministerial berth was all around, the rift within Trinamul Congress was visible even amid celebration. A large section of district Trinnamul leaders eschewed the celebration of Mr Choudhury’s ministry. District youth Trinamul president Amlan Bhaduri, state leader Dulal Sarkar and other district leaders were conspicuous in their absence. None of the Trinamul councilors was seen joining the party or the rally held out by Choudhury’s followers.

Bhaduri, when contacted said, “We were out to observe a party programme at National Highway Division.”  But such excuse seemed a weak alibi to hide the rift within the party. In fact Choudhury’s decision of joining the Trinamul was not accepted with a good humour even by a large section of the party leaders. 

While a section of them said on condition of anonymity that such an “opportunist step” by Choudhury only for being a minister will tarnish the image of party in Malda, another section feared that inclusion of a redoubtable leader like Mr Choudhury would reduce them to insignificance.

Sarkar along with Child Welfare Committee members like Hasan Ali Shah, Subhamoy Basu, Kalyan Moulik – the followers of district Trinamul president and another cabinet minister Sabitri Mitra maintained a cautious distance from celebration.

Although Debapriya Saha, a close confidante of Mr Choudhury tried to cover the discomfort with a tone of harmony saying, “Bhaduri and others were at a party programme and contacted Mr Choudhury over telephone”, the rift could not be buried.

Sarkar delicately refused to comment on this. But one of his close aides said, “Never forget the contribution of those who struggled for the Trinamul in the district during its tough days; people will not accept such leaders who have come as seasonal birds.” Political observers felt that Choudhury would have to face an ordeal in bringing the several factions of his old party together.

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