Saturday, January 31, 2015
TMCP’s disaster in Dist president’s home college pricks internal feud
Malda, 30 January: In a major setback to Trinamul Congress district president Dr Moazzem Hossain, party’s student wing Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) has failed to win a single seat of the students’ union of South Malda College where not only the governing body is headed by the district Trinamul chief but the college is located at his home turf Baishnabnagar.
All 23 seats of the students’ union of South Malda College have been bagged by the TMCP’s arch rival Chhatra Parishad (CP), the students’ union of the Congress. While the opponent factions of Dr Hossain are quite jubilant with Dr Hossain’s embarrassment, the district Trinamul chief terming the disastrous performance as ‘quite unusual’ said that he would discuss the matter at the crucial meeting convened by the party supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on 31 January.
It may be mentioned that district TMCP President Prasenjit Das is an ardent follower of food processing minister and English Bazaar municipality chairman Krishnemdu Choudhury and is seen to avoid Dr Hossain conspicuously in different public or party programmes.
Mr Das obliquely said today, “We were hopeful of performing commendably in South Malda College. The college is located at our district president’s home block and he himself is the president of the college’s governing body. But to our utter dismay we have failed to win a single seat there. We are really frustrated with the demoralizing performance of our organization in South Malda College.”
Dr Hossain, who was in Kolkata today, said over phone, “The result is indeed upsetting. I was quite hopeful that TMCP would fare well here. But everything went wrong. The matter should be evaluated thoroughly.”
Hinting that there was betrayal from within the party, Dr Hossain said, “The TMCP workers who went to South Malda College loading several vehicles dismantled the camp even before the noon. If they were all TMCP supporters, the reason why they scampered away should be probed into. I guess all those who are introducing themselves as Trinamul workers may not be so. I would raise the issue in the crucial meeting with Mamata Banerjee on 31stJanuary.”
Political observers believe that TMCP’s performance would resurface the party’s inner conflict once again.
Meanwhile, CPI-M affiliate SFI has won students’ unions in two colleges – Kaliachak College and Gazole College reportedly by holding a tacit alliance with the CP. District SFI president Amit Jha said, “We have won 13 out of 22 seats in Kaliachak College. In Gazole college we have won nine seats together with PSU.” Mr Jha hinted that the door for holding an alliance woth the CP to occupy the students’ union in Gazole College was open.”