State Congress workers have warned there will be mass resignations if Sujoy Ghatak’s candidature is not withdrawn from Darjeeling seat for the coming polls. District presidents of Mahila Congress, Youth Congress, INTUC and Chhatra Parishad have written to state Congress president conveying their sentiments. “We are hurt by the way our suggestions have been ignored. It will be impossible to campaign for a candidate who is not our favourite,” a senior Mahila Congress member said.
Darjeeling MLA Shankar Malakar conceded there was resentment among party workers, but termed it temporary. “I can’t deny there had been no problems post nomination, but it’s a passing phase. There will always be disagreement among a section of party members, but I am sure they will settle and start campaigning for the candidate,” he said.
Newly-elected state Congress president and rail minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was stern on the party’s stand and said those who don’t agree were free to quit. “So what if there is resentment? Those who are unhappy are free to quit, but they should not think the party will give in to their threats,” he said.
Ghatak, however, brushed aside talks of resentments in the party. “There is not an ounce of truth. I am in touch with the Youth Congress and the Mahila Congress members and they have no issues with my candidature.”