The West Bengal Pradesh Congress seems to have got nod from its high command to turn the heat on its alliance partner in Bengal,the Trinamool Congress.
It became evident on Saturday as Shakeel Ahmed,senior Congress leader and AICC representative holding charge for West Bengal flew to Kolkata to hold an emergency meeting and decide on the course of agitation over Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees move to rename Indira Bhavan at Salt Lake as Nazrul Bhavan.
At the end of the meeting,it was decided the WBPCC should record its serious reservation against the move in black and white. Besides,Ahmed also gave the go-ahead to WBPCC to launch a vigorous agitation against the distress sale of paddy across the state. The Congress has already held protest meetings in Behrampore and now the central high command has given the green signal for spreading it to other districts and to Kolkata as well with a rally slated for January 4 at Esplanade to highlight the government failure to give the support price to the farmers.
The partys official letter on Indira Bhavan issue,sent to Mamata Banerjee,has categorically stated that the Congress will not accept the renaming of the building and has requested the CM to reconsider her decision.
In the letter,WBPCC president,Pradip Bhattacharya wrote: We are supportive of the idea of establishing the Nazrul Academy. In fact,we believe such Academy should be established in each district of the state. We would propose a cultural complex – Nazrul Sadan – to be established. This type of positive move is welcome but there is no logic or justification of renaming Indiara Bhavan for this purpose.
The state Congress leadership demanded that an Institute – Indira Gandhi Research and Information Centre – be set up in the Indira Bhavan for which Central government may be urged to provide funds. The proposed Nazrul Academy may be established in Churulia in Burdwan district,the WBPCC leadership felt. It further sought to name the New Secretariat Building as Nazrul Bhavan.
Talking to The Sunday Express about the stance of the alliance partner,Trinamool Congress,on Lokpal issue,Shakeel Ahmed said: The Trinamool stance in Rajya Sabha on the issue was very unfortunate. The behaviour of some of our alliance partners gave the Opposition a chance to blame the Congress government of not taking its partners into confidence on the Bill. But such things do happen in a coalition.
He further said consultations are on to create a committee at the centre as well as state level for better coordination among the alliance partners,Ahmed said.
Ahmed added that the agitation against the distress sale of paddy in Bengal will be spread out. Even if we are in the government in Bengal,it is the partys general culture and policy to draw the attention of administrator on issues which are affecting the interests of such a large number of common people.