Adding to his list of “absence” from major party meetings in recent past, Trinamool Congress’ once second-in-command Wednesday yet again gave party chief Mamata Banerjee’s meeting with newly-elected councillors a miss.
When contacted by The Indian Express, the Rajya Sabha MP said: “I am in Delhi because of the Parliamentary session.” On the new board of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the leader had no reaction to offer.
“I have no reactions to any of these things. I will give my reaction when I am in a position to. Not at the moment.”
The event once again saw TMC leaders showering words of praise on their Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, crediting her for the party’s win in the just-concluded civic elections while denouncing anyone outside the party fold.
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“There is nothing for anyone outside the party. The party comprises people who love it and our supremo Mamata Banerjee,” said TMC MP and senior lawyer Kalyan Banerjee.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, in his brief speech, said it was the victory of TMC in spite of all the anti-TMC campaign. “Some tried to malign the image of Mamata Banerjee but people gave their verdict in her favour. For those who have been trying to blemish her image, let me tell you, she has noticed everything,” Chatterjee said.
State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim had little to offer in terms of diverse views. “Those who have come into the party as newly-elected representatives, especially the younger generation, should understand that they are here to serve the people and not to rule. You will have to remember that it not ‘I’ but ‘us’ which prevails in the party. It is our party and there is no place for ‘me’ here,” he said.
MP Suvendu Adhikary said that the new members should work unitedly to ensure that TMC gets all the 294 seats in the state Assembly elections next year.